Schumer invokes “two-hour rule” to block Senate committee hearings

Schumer invokes “two-hour rule” to block Senate committee hearings

  • China is coercing hundreds of thousands of people in Tibet into military-style vocational training centres, a study has warned.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer invoked the “two-hour rule” Tuesday, a measure that constrains the scheduling and duration of Senate committee meetings. 

The move was intended to retaliate against Republicans, who have agreed to vote on confirming President Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

Under the rule, no Senate committee or subcommittee can meet after the Senate has been in session for two hours or after 2 p.m. The move threatened to delay a briefing on national security and a confirmation hearing for Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. 

However, late Tuesday night a senior Democratic aide said that the Democrats would not be invoking the two-hour rule Wednesday because they want the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to be able to hold its hearing on the the Trump administration’s missteps in responding to COVID-19. They would also like a long-sought Intelligence Committee hearing to go forward.