The Republican-controlled state legislatures of Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin are introducing legislation that would block the president from naming coal miners as judges in federal court.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KY), seeks to prevent President Obama from nominating coal miners for federal judges and other federal posts.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill before the end of the week.
Yoder said the bill, known as the “Judiciary Resolutions Act,” would not stop the president’s nominations of judges, but would “provide an important tool for those in Congress to hold those in his administration accountable for judicial misconduct.”
The legislation would require the Senate to pass a joint resolution of disapproval, or SRE, which would be used to end presidential nominations before the Senate can vote on them.
The Senate has to approve a SRE before a president can name a judge.
Republicans in the Senate have also introduced legislation to prevent the President from appointing the nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which includes Washington, D.C., and several other states.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinTrump admin sends mixed signals on Kavanaugh and Mueller The Hill’s Morning Report — Senate Judiciary panel to vote on Kavanaugh Judge: Trump’s tweets about Mueller ‘unfair’ and ‘unpresidential’ MORE (D-WV) and Sen. Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator asks for ethics probe into Trump family’s ties to Russia Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hackers stole Democratic Party credentials, voter registration lists | FCC delays review of T-Mobile purchase | DOJ says Facebook must register users with social media accounts | Apple, Google fight over copyright law MORE (N.Y.), the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.
The Judiciary Resolutions act would require a simple majority in both chambers of Congress to pass, and it would need to be approved by the President before a nomination can be made.
The bill would also prevent President Trump from appointing judges to federal courts.
“The Judiciary is a powerful branch of government.
It has long been the job of the executive branch to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans and hold those who abuse their power accountable,” Manchin and Schumer said in the statement.”
While the Judiciary has the authority to defend the rights of every American, this legislation would not do so, and would allow the President to continue to appoint coal miners and other low-level federal employees without fear of repercussions.”
The Republican senators’ bill would require that at least two-thirds of the Senate be in support of it.
It would also require that a majority of the Judiciary Committee be in favor of the bill.