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Politics Democrats step up hardball tactics as Supreme Court fight heats up

22:45  22 september  2020
22:45  22 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Democrats are limiting the ability to hold committee hearings in retaliation for Republicans decision to try to fill a Supreme Court seat in the middle of an election year, the first action in what is likely to be an increasingly combative battle over procedure in the Senate.

Chuck Schumer wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Democrats step up hardball tactics as Supreme Court fight heats up © Bonnie Cash Democrats step up hardball tactics as Supreme Court fight heats up

A Democratic aide confirmed that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had invoked the so-called "two hour rule," which can be used to limit the ability to hold committee hearings after the Senate has been in session for more than two hours.

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Since the Supreme Court vacancy occurred, Democrats have been struggling with how to negotiate with When norms of good faith collapse, what does playing hardball even look like? Positional bargaining is sometimes a necessary first step toward helping a competitive counterpart understand

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The ability to hold committee hearings is routinely granted with little fanfare on the Senate floor. The Senate came in at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, meaning Democratic cooperation was needed for committees to meet after noon.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tried to get an exception on Tuesday afternoon for the Senate Intelligence Committee to be able to meet at 2:30 p.m. with the director of National Counterintelligence, where they were expected to discuss election security.

But Schumer also objected to that.

"Because the Senate Republicans have no respect for the institution, we won't have business as usual here in the Senate," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

The decision by Democrats on Tuesday comes at the start of a tumultuous weeks-long battle over President Trump's forthcoming nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to have locked in support within his caucus to move a nominee this year, though he hasn't said if he will force a vote before the Nov. 3 election.

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