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Arthur Hellman Quoted by Wall Street Journal on Next Steps in Filibuster Fight

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July 18, 2013

The deal reached in the Senate avoids a change in the rules governing filibusters of executive nominations, but what will happen to judicial nominations? The Wall Street Journal addressed this question and asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman whether judicial nominations might be treated differently. As reported by the Journal, Hellman said that there exists a key difference between judicial and executive nominees. While it makes sense for a president to be able to choose officials who will be implementing his program, the issue is more complicated for judicial nominees, since “it is not their job to carry out the president’s agenda.”

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