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February 11, 2016

Reid Opposes Boggs Nomination for Now, Will Consult John Lewis

Harry Reid Michael P. Boggs nomination

Reid opposes the Boggs judicial nomination for now. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that “unless I’m convinced otherwise,” he will oppose confirmation of Michael P. Boggs to be a federal judge in Georgia.

“I’m going to talk to John Lewis and some people on the Judiciary Committee,” he told CQ Roll Call, mentioning the senior Georgia Democratic congressman.

He was noncommittal on holding a vote on the Boggs nomination.

Reid first disclosed his position to Kate Nocera at Buzzfeed.

At a hearing Tuesday, Boggs disavowed his votes as a state legislator on the Confederate flag and publicly naming abortion doctors, but his nomination has been in doubt given fierce opposition from an array of groups on the left.

At the White House Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated that the Boggs pick was part of a broader deal to secure the support of Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia to a larger slate of Obama’s nominees.

Under the Senate’s “blue slip” procedure, senators have an effective veto over judicial nominees in their states.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.


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