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Judicial Confirmations Obstruction Quiz

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The Judicial Confirmations Obstruction Quiz

With multiple judicial nominations languishing in the Senate obstructed by a minority that refuses to allow final up-or-down votes, the Center for Individual Freedom thought it was about time for you to test your knowledge about the judicial confirmation process. The following five questions test your knowledge on what the Constitution says about the confirmation of federal judges and Senate rules, tradition, and history that play a role in who gets to sit on the federal bench.

In testing your knowledge of Judicial Confirmations Obstruction, click on the buttons (a,b,c or d) below each question for the correct answers. Or, if your browser is not compatible with the quiz links, click on the answer key in the left-hand column.

 (Last Updated November 11, 2003)

  1. According to the Constitution, what role does the U.S. Senate play in the confirmation of federal judges?

    Judicial Nominations May Be Vetoed By "Home-State" Senators

    Judicial Nominations Are "Recommended" By the Senate

    Judicial Nominations Are Confirmed Unanimously By the Senate

    Judicial Nominations Are Confirmed With the "Advice and Consent" of the Senate

  2. What was the first Congress in which there were simultaneous filibusters on multiple nominations to the federal judiciary?

    The 108th Congress (2003-2004)

    The 106th Congress (1999-2000)

    The 98th Congress (1983-1984)

    The 90th Congress (1967-1968)

  3. What section of the Constitution talks about filibusters in the Senate?

    The Filibuster Is Not Mentioned In the Constitution

    Article I, Section 3

    Article I, Section 5

    Article II, Section 2

  4. How many cloture votes (or votes to break filibusters) were taken to end debate on judicial nominations before 2003?





  5. What Senate tradition allows a Senator to, in essence, veto judicial nominees appointed to fill judgeships in the Senator’s home state?

    The Home State Rule

    The Blue Slip Process

    The Pink Slip Process

    "Advice and Consent"

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