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Reid tries to make a deal to end judicial nominee backlog

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had an offer he hoped Senate Republicans would not refuse: a quick vote on the GOP-backed Jobs Act in exchange for bringing 17 judicial nominations to a vote.

But according to NBC’s Libby Leist (via The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog) Republicans rebuffed the move, accusing Reid of holding up the jobs bill to force a vote in nominated federal judges. Republicans have been blocking judicial nominees in protest of President Barack Obama’s recent recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In making the offer for a swift vote on the JOBS bill, Reid said on the floor: “The only thing preventing the Senate from moving quickly to tackle [the JOBS Act] is what we’ve had this whole Congress: obstructionism by my friends, the Republicans.”

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back. “I think most Senators would rather be working on things that the American people believe would actually help create jobs than to see the Senate embroiled in another controversy which I fear my good friend, the majority leader, is seeking to precipitate,” McConnell said.

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