President Joe Biden has dropped plans to appoint a Kentucky anti-abortion legal professional to a lifetime federal judgeship, a White House spokesperson mentioned Friday.
Biden had come below intense criticism from Democrats and reproductive rights teams after the Louisville Courier-Journal broke the news that he deliberate to choose Chad Meredith for a seat on the U.S. District Court in japanese Kentucky. Meredith’s potential nomination gave the impression to be a part of a broader deal on a mixture of judicial nominees being labored out behind the scenes between the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
In the top, although, it was a Republican ― Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky ― who appeared to tank the potential nomination.
“In considering potential District Court nominees, the White House learned that Senator Rand Paul will not return a blue slip on Chad Meredith,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates mentioned in an announcement. “Therefore, the White House will not nominate Mr. Meredith.”
It is a convention within the Senate Judiciary Committee that its chair is not going to advance a judicial nominee till each senators from that nominee’s dwelling state flip in a so-called blue slip ― actually, a blue piece of paper ― signaling that they’re on board with shifting ahead. Because Paul mentioned he wouldn’t flip in a blue slip for Meredith, he successfully killed the nomination.
A Paul spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon why he opposed Meredith’s potential nomination.
Republicans broke from the blue slip custom when Donald Trump was president, routinely advancing U.S. Circuit Court nominees regardless of opposition from these nominees’ Democratic senators who didn’t flip in blue slips. Democrats have begun to do the identical since Biden turned president. Both events have upheld the custom for District Court nominees, although.