Rare Senate Vote Confirms Minnesotan as Federal Judge
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Senate has confirmed a judicial nominee without a seal of approval from a home state senator.
The 56-42 vote Tuesday to confirm David Stras of Minnesota demonstrates anew Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's resolve in getting President Donald Trump's judicial nominees confirmed.
The Republican-led Senate went ahead with a committee hearing and a vote for Stras despite one of his home state senators, former Democratic Sen. Al Franken, declining to return what is referred to as a "blue slip."
Over the years, senators could derail a vote by not returning their blue slip. The last time a judge was confirmed without two blue slips was 1989.
Stras will join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
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