The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on D.C. attorney general nominee Walter Narlesic this afternoon. The panel is expected to vote on the nomination with 10 Republicans and 9 Democrats in the caucus. Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, has said Narlesic’s first question will be whether or not he can follow the written rule that all Supreme Court justices lose their benefits when they sit on the Court of Appeals. Narlesic is a 1976 graduate of the DC Bar who was among the initial plaintiffs in the lawsuit to legalize DC’s non-discrimination ordinance. President Trump has already announced nominees to replace Neil Gorsuch, and multiple Democrats have said they are unlikely to support Dana Boente for the second seat on the Court. Meanwhile, Collins and Hatch have announced they will reevaluate the partial federal government shutdown but will only return to Washington once a deal is struck. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is the only GOP senator who has come out in opposition to the shutdown.
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