This is great news.  ACLJ.org reports:

Senator Mitch McConnell (KY), the Senate Majority leader, has heard our demand for action and reform. He has just removed an archaic procedural rule that has been misused by the left to block conservative federal judicial nominees from ever getting a vote—or even a hearing. It is called the Senate “blue slip,” but you will not find it in the Constitution.

In 1917, the blue slip was initially created as an informal Senate “courtesy.” Under this courtesy, home state Senators were asked about their opinion on the nominee from their state and the Senate Judiciary Committee took their objections or support into account. Importantly, this did not stop the nomination from going forward. It was just a courtesy designed to gather information and was not an obstructionist tool.

In 1956, this courtesy began getting greater deference. Rather than simply gathering input from the home state Senators, the Senate would not confirm—or even consider–any nominee unless they were first approved by the Senators from the nominee’s own state, regardless of political party. This gave one Senator a veto over the entire democratic process.

Today’s rule change marks a return to the simple, efficient, constitutional model of judicial confirmation. As Senate Majority Leader McConnell explained, the “blue slip” will now be viewed “‘as simply notification of how you’re going to vote, not as an opportunity to blackball’ a nominee.” The Senate has heard your voice and removed a major barrier to the confirmation of highly qualified conservative justices. Now, all Senator’s have an equal voice, and no Senator can single handedly stonewall the President’s judicial nominees.

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