McConnell set to scrap judge-pick veto clout

He says senators’ ability not by rule


Photographs by AP/Timothy D. Easley

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Louisville, Ky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that he will end the long-held practice of giving senators a chance to block judicial nominees who would have jurisdiction over their states -- a move that comes as McConnell faces increasing pressure from conservative groups to make the Senate more responsive to President Donald Trump's wishes.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) discusses Republican budget proposals at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 5, 2017.

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