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NYT: New Pressure To End Old Senate Practice After Mississippi Judicial Pick Is Blocked

This article was written by Carl Hulse and published in the New York Times.

WASHINGTON — Democrats hoped they were on the verge of a judicial breakthrough last month when President Biden nominated a Baton Rouge lawyer for a U.S. District Court vacancy and the two Republican senators from Louisiana offered no objections.

Getting Republican senators to sign off on Biden nominees in their home states has been a struggle, slowing the Democratic drive to fill as many judicial slots as possible. Democrats saw negotiations that led to the selection of the nominee from Baton Rouge, Darrel Papillion, as a sign that they could fill seats in red states without changing longstanding rules and prompting a potential procedural war.

Then last week, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican of Mississippi, served notice to the Judiciary Committee that she...

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