Republicans, still not finished with their temper tantrum, have blocked committee hearings across the Senate today, invoking a little-known rule requiring unanimous consent to holding hearings after 2:00pm. Among the hearings cancelled is the confirmation of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy released this statement:
Senate Republicans’ tactics of obstruction and delay know no limit. They have objected to reasonable timetables to consider President Obama’s qualified judicial nominees, and now they are objecting to allowing the Judiciary Committee to conduct hearings in connection with these nominations. Senate Republicans continue their ill-advised protest of meaningful health reform legislation by exploiting parliamentary tactics and Senate Rules, to the detriment of the American people and, in today’s instance, at the expense of American justice. I urge them to reconsider and allow this hearing to proceed as scheduled.
Don’t hold your breath.
Forgive me, but isn’t the solution here to schedule the hearing at 8:00 in the morning, and even if it looks like it’ll go past 2pm, to suspend it and carry it over to the next day?