Frequently Asked Questions

  • When different parties control the White House and the Senate, the confirmation process either does not proceed, or proceeds and the nomination usually fails. In the handful of instances when such nominations proceeded, they failed 4 four of 6 times. The last time the Senate of the opposite party to the president confirmed a justice during a presidential election year was in 1888, when Grover Cleveland was president. Even Vice President Biden agrees with this precedent, as he stated in 1992.[1]

    When the same party controls the White House and the Senate, the confirmation process proceeds as usual and the nominee is almost always confirmed. A new justice has been confirmed 8 out of 10 times this has happened.

    [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVvxGa0zhWo