Dick Durbin, a Senate minority whip, said Monday he expects elected president Joe Biden to “have very little impact on federal justice” as the Republican Party “freezes” its election if the senate majority is retained.
“If the Obama administration had given any signals over the past two years, they would have been frozen,” Durbin said in an interview with Politico. “Hope comes forever, but I believe in history.”
Durbin’s remarks come amid election turmoil, with many GOP MPs unwilling to cooperate with Biden.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley also spoke to the Politico, saying, “I imagine they’re going to have a hard time just because I’m not going to vote for people who I think are‘ judicial imperialists ’.
– But you might be surprised if [Biden] indeed the president, who knows, might send constitutional and lyricist candidates. Somehow I doubt it, “Hawley said of Politico.
When Biden takes office in January, he will have fewer judicial positions than Trump, who was inaugurated with 112 vacancies, including the Supreme Court judge. When Biden takes office, he will fill 59 vacancies, with 36 candidates currently pending.
Despite Biden’s expected victory in the 2020 presidential election, many Senate Republicans have expressed a desire to continue to strengthen judges during Trump’s lame president.
“The good news is that we’ve done a good job – and we’re not doing it as you know – filling the vacancies in the appellate courts to minimize the possibility of more liberals on it,” North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer said, Politico reported.
Amid the divisive rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans, lawmakers on both parties noted that they needed to compromise on Biden’s judicial candidates.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn told Politico, “If we keep the Senate, there will be a trial.”
Cornyn continued, “Maybe.” [Biden] welcomes the fact that the most radical candidates will not be confirmed by the Republican majority. That we really need to negotiate and come up with something that is acceptable to both parties. “
Similarly, Chris Coons, a Democratic senator from Delaware, told the publication that “If someone can sit down and exercise [McConnell]… the way to reach an agreement is to move the candidates, this is President-elect Biden. I lived through McConnell’s obstacles for years. I know this will be a challenging task. “
Prior to Durbin’s remarks on Monday, Nov. 25, he published a publication on CNN.com writing that “Justice and executive candidates for President-elect Joe Biden can be given immediate and fair consideration, restoring the balance to our courts and ensuring that we have jurisdiction. agencies must have fully qualified officials to protect our national security and civil rights. “
Newsweek contacted Durbin’s office and Biden’s transitional team to comment, but did not receive a timely response to the publication.