Democrats’ Perfect Art of Delay While Republicans Fume Over Trump Nominees

But some Republicans say stonewalling could be counterproductive if officials fill administration posts in an “acting” capacity without Senate review.

WASHINGTON — When Senate Democrats in 2013 drastically weakened the ability to filibuster presidential nominees, it seemed like they were creating a glidepath for a president whose party controlled the Senate to speed through confirmations.But as President Trump and Senate Republicans are learning to their great displeasure, that was not the case. Instead, a new kind of delaying tactic was born, one meant not to block a particular nominee but to snarl the Senate and limit the number of people...