Republicans are advancing a proposal to change the Senate’s rules to speed up consideration of President Trump’s nominees.
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee on a party-line 10-9 vote passed a resolution on Wednesday from Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) that would substantially cut down on the amount of debate time needed for hundreds of nominations.
Because Republicans have a one-seat advantage on the committee, they were able to pass the proposal without any support from Democrats.
Republicans say the change is necessary because Democrats are using the Senate’s rulebook to slow-walk Trump’s picks.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a member of the committee, said Democats are “wasting the Senate’s time” by dragging out debate time even as lawmakers aren’t actively debating.
“At some point the question is what is a constructive use of the Senate’s time,” he said ahead of the vote.