WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Chad A. Readler of Ohio as President Trump’s 33rd federal appeals court judge despite bipartisan criticism that as a Justice Department official in the Trump administration he had shirked his official responsibility to defend the Affordable Care Act when it was challenged in court.
Mr. Readler’s nomination is just the latest to divide the Senate as Republicans renew their drive to fill federal district and circuit court vacancies while gearing up to force through a Senate rules change to accelerate the confirmation process for the remainder of Mr. Trump’s tenure.
With the approval of Mr. Readler to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and two other appeals court nominees headed for a vote, Mr. Trump will have filled nearly 20 percent of the nation’s appellate court judgeships. That is a pace well ahead of his predecessors and one that puts his stamp firmly on the federal judiciary, with nearly two years remaining in his term. President Barack Obama did not see his 33rd circuit judge confirmed until early in his second term.
The fight over Mr. Readler was intensified by his role in the legal struggle over the Affordable Care Act, which Democrats said he was obligated to defend as a top lawyer in the Justice Department’s civil division because it was existing law. Instead, he filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by Republican attorneys general aimed at gutting the Affordable Care Act, and argued that it, and its protections against denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, was unconstitutional.
The Trump administration has sought to repeal the law, but the effort failed and the law remains in place.
Mr. Readler’s nomination was approved on a 52-to-47 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting no. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the sole Republican to speak out against Mr. Readler, cited his health care argument in opposing him.
“Rather than defend the law and its protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions — such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes and heart disease — Mr. Readler’s brief in Texas v. United States argued that they should be invalidated,” she said.
Democrats seized on that issue, saying that while Senate Republicans proclaimed that they supported coverage for those with existing conditions, they were backing an architect of the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the law.
“Tens of millions of Americans who need this protection are watching,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader. “A vote for Readler is very simply a vote for the lawsuit to strike down our health care law.” Mr. Schumer noted that Mr. Readler was nominated for the court seat the day after his health care brief was filed.
“Apparently in the Trump administration depriving people of protections for pre-existing conditions — it is something to be rewarded and rewarded no less with a lifetime appointment,” he said.
One after the other, Democrats took to the floor to criticize the nomination. The depth of their opposition — and eagerness to highlight Mr. Readler’s health care actions — was demonstrated by unusually strong opposition from Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, who has been nearly alone in his willingness to regularly support Trump nominees, including the Supreme Court justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Neil M. Gorsuch.
“This is something I don’t do often,” Mr. Manchin said. “I don’t take it lightly.” But Mr. Readler, he said, had “single-handedly tried to rip insurance away from West Virginians and Americans” when his Justice Department responsibility was just the opposite.
“This gentleman has basically shown it is not about the law; it is not about the Constitution; it is about his politics and himself and not a man who should be sitting on a higher court,” Mr. Manchin said.
Republicans said little in support of Mr. Readler, nor did any of them back his position in the health care case.
Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, who has made confirming judicial nominees a top priority, said that Mr. Readler, 46, had “built a longstanding reputation in private practice as a consummate legal professional.”
He was the second appellate judge to be confirmed this week after a Senate vote on Tuesday on the nomination of Allison Rushing, 36, a former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Republicans dismissed concerns about her lack of experience, and Ms. Rushing will be the youngest federal judge in the nation.
After Mr. Readler’s confirmation vote, Mr. McConnell immediately moved to force a final vote on another nominee, Eric E. Murphy, 40, the state solicitor for Ohio, to fill another vacancy on the Sixth Circuit. Democrats and liberal activists oppose him, saying he fought against the legalization of same-sex marriage and supported efforts to make it harder to vote.
The fate of another high-profile nominee — Neomi Rao for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — remains uncertain, though Republican objections that threatened her confirmation have quieted.
Republicans have the power to confirm Mr. Trump’s judicial nominees with a simple majority because of a successful attempt by a Democratic-led Senate in 2013 to overturn a longstanding rule requiring 60 votes to confirm a judge. But the process can still be time-consuming. Mr. McConnell has grown increasingly impatient and frustrated with Democrats for stretching out the time to consider nominees.
Republicans are now threatening to use their majority to push through a change that would cut debate time on most nominees to two hours from 30 hours after an initial procedural vote. The change would not apply to appeals court judges like Mr. Readler, but it would allow the Senate to clear a backlog of lower-level district court nominees much faster.
Mr. McConnell said again Tuesday that he would like to reach an agreement on the change with Democrats but that appears highly unlikely.
“We’re still hoping to have bipartisan support to go forward with the standing order, which would require 60 votes,” Mr. McConnell said. “In the absence of that, it is still my desire to try to achieve that, and that’s an issue we’ll have, a discussion we’ll have among Republicans.”
Without a compromise, Republican senators said they expected to force the rules showdown by the end of the month.B:
安徽快三开奖结果今天开奖号码“【在】【当】【时】【的】【讨】【论】【之】【中】，【我】【们】【做】【出】【了】【协】【商】，【他】【可】【以】【把】【他】【的】【一】【个】【条】【件】【交】【给】【我】，【而】【至】【于】【什】【么】【条】【件】【他】【没】【有】【说】，【反】【正】【他】【就】【说】【他】【自】【己】【可】【以】【答】【应】【我】【实】【现】【一】【个】【条】【件】。 【当】【时】【我】【觉】【得】【这】【个】【要】【求】【还】【是】【比】【较】【令】【人】【感】【到】【满】【意】【的】，【至】【少】【他】【给】【出】【来】【的】【报】【酬】【还】【是】【比】【较】【有】【诚】【意】【的】。 【所】【以】【我】【就】【答】【应】【了】，【可】【是】【谁】【曾】【想】【现】【在】【当】【我】【问】【起】【他】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【居】【然】【说】【他】【自】
【暮】【洛】【感】【受】【不】【到】【身】【后】【传】【来】【的】【那】【道】【目】【光】，【如】【此】【惋】【惜】【与】【无】【奈】，【似】【乎】【他】【走】【向】【的】【道】【路】【只】【能】【是】【死】【亡】。 【其】【实】【这】【也】【无】【可】【厚】【非】【唯】【有】【普】【罗】【城】【内】【的】【执】【法】【者】【才】【知】【晓】【这】【陌】【生】【人】【要】【面】【对】【的】【是】【什】【么】，【身】【为】【普】【罗】【城】【最】【弱】【一】【位】【执】【法】【者】【的】【他】【都】【险】【些】【不】【敌】，【更】【别】【说】【遇】【到】【其】【他】【更】【强】【者】。 【女】【上】【人】【嘴】【角】【微】【微】【翘】【起】【一】【丝】【弧】【度】，【喃】【喃】【道】：“【你】【又】【被】【人】【小】【瞧】【了】。” 【暮】
“【战】【争】【打】【的】【是】【什】【么】？” “【就】【是】【情】【报】！” 【毛】【文】【龙】【侃】【侃】【而】【谈】【道】：“【陛】【下】【的】【意】【思】，【是】【想】【让】【我】【们】【组】【建】【一】【支】【强】【大】【的】【海】【上】【登】【陆】【部】【队】，【然】【后】，【在】【黄】【太】【极】【偷】【袭】【京】【师】【之】【时】，【趁】【势】【掩】【杀】，【然】【后】【尽】【可】【能】【的】【一】【举】【定】【乾】【坤】。” 【孔】【有】【德】【不】【敢】【相】【信】【的】【看】【看】【向】【了】【毛】【文】【龙】，【挠】【着】【头】【瞪】【着】【茫】【然】【的】【眼】，【粗】【声】【粗】【气】【的】【说】【道】：“【啥】，【建】【奴】【竟】【然】【还】【敢】【打】【我】【们】【的】
【欧】【飞】【娜】【今】【天】【一】【天】【都】【有】【些】【心】【不】【在】【焉】【的】，【她】【的】【大】【脑】【里】【一】【直】【都】【在】【想】【着】【她】【实】【验】【室】【里】【的】【情】【况】。 【即】【便】【是】【突】【然】【到】【来】【的】【紧】【急】【会】【议】【也】【没】【有】【让】【她】【从】【中】【走】【出】【来】。 【坐】【在】【会】【议】【室】【里】【她】【还】【在】【想】【着】【实】【验】【室】【的】【事】【情】，【只】【有】【在】【听】【到】【了】【西】【恩】【跟】【爱】【德】【华】【失】【踪】【的】【时】【候】【她】【才】【有】【些】【皱】【眉】。 【不】【过】【她】【考】【虑】【到】【这】【不】【是】【她】【能】【个】【左】【右】【的】【事】【情】，【便】【又】【从】【新】【将】【思】【绪】【放】【回】【了】【试】【验】安徽快三开奖结果今天开奖号码【想】【到】【灵】【符】【宗】，【陈】【朗】【便】【推】【迟】【了】【北】【极】【雪】【域】【之】【行】。 【丹】【霞】【宗】【强】【抢】【灵】【符】【宗】【山】【门】【这】【笔】【账】，【是】【要】【去】【算】【一】【算】【的】。 【强】【大】【的】【实】【力】【带】【来】【的】【是】【睥】【睨】【一】【切】【的】【底】【气】，【陈】【朗】【收】【下】【周】【幸】【作】【为】【弟】【子】【后】，【便】【飞】【到】【了】【丹】【霞】【宗】【所】【在】【的】【丹】【霞】【山】。 【丹】【霞】【宗】【依】【然】【鼎】【盛】，【五】【彩】【斑】【斓】【的】【丹】【霞】【在】【丹】【霞】【山】【上】【空】【凝】【聚】【不】【散】，【闻】【着】【那】【扑】【鼻】【而】【来】【的】【丹】【香】，【跟】【随】【陈】【朗】【的】【老】【人】【大】【有】【一】
【看】【到】【白】【晶】【晶】【死】【在】【自】【己】【面】【前】，【唐】【玄】【奘】【感】【觉】【生】【命】【失】【去】【了】【意】【义】，【有】【一】【种】【内】【心】【被】【突】【然】【抽】【空】【的】【感】【觉】。 “【哈】【哈】” 【那】【名】【将】【军】【放】【肆】【大】【笑】， “【我】【还】【以】【为】【你】【有】【什】【么】【三】【头】【六】【臂】【的】【本】【事】【呢】，【也】【不】【过】【如】【此】，【哈】【哈】” 【唐】【玄】【奘】【突】【然】【一】【愣】，【整】【个】【人】【从】【悲】【伤】【中】【清】【醒】【过】【来】，【躺】【在】【地】【上】，【看】【了】【一】【眼】【嚣】【张】【狂】【笑】【的】【将】【军】【和】【他】【周】【围】【的】【侍】【卫】，
“【是】【我】，【我】【是】【肖】【锐】……”【肖】【锐】【下】【意】【识】【的】【回】【答】【了】【对】【方】【的】【询】【问】。 【不】【知】【为】【什】【么】，【肖】【锐】【似】【乎】【对】【于】【这】【个】【突】【然】【出】【现】【的】【宇】【宙】【飞】【船】【及】【其】【驾】【驶】【者】【并】【没】【有】【什】【么】【防】【备】【心】【理】，【反】【倒】【是】【有】【种】【奇】【怪】【的】【信】【任】【感】，【虽】【然】【他】【并】【不】【知】【道】【这】【种】【感】【觉】【到】【底】【来】【自】【何】【处】。 【难】【道】，【来】【自】【于】【一】【种】“【认】【同】【感】”？【来】【自】【一】【种】【毫】【无】【缘】【由】【的】【信】【任】？ 【因】【为】，【肖】【锐】【隐】【约】【觉】【得】【那】【艘】