senatorial courtesy

noun

Definition of senatorial courtesy 

: a custom of the U.S. Senate of refusing to confirm a presidential appointment of an official in or from a state when the appointment is opposed by the senators or senior senator of the president's party from that state

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The two slip rule, critically, remained in effect as long as Democrats controlled the Senate even once Barack Obama took over as president — with Democrats choosing to uphold a senatorial courtesy over partisan advantage. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Donald Trump, the resistance, and the limits of normcore politics," 3 July 2018 In its defense, the blue slip is a bow in the direction of both bipartisanship and senatorial courtesy. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "A Tradition that Deserves to Be Nuked," 11 Sep. 2017

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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