by Caroline Cox
The dysfunction in the Senate continues to slow the pace of judicial confirmations. While the question of who is to blame for the Senate chaos is often debated, it is clear, as Jonathan Bernstein argues at Bloomberg View, that Senator Mitch McConnell has failed on his promise that he would create a functioning Senate. Bernstein writes in another article that McConnell’s actions are essentially a one-man government shutdown.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson continues to delay filling a five year-old vacancy on the Seventh Circuit, reports the blog for People for the American Way. Johnson has violated an agreement with fellow Senator Tammy Baldwin that would have helped fill the vacancy and demanded changes to how Wisconsin recommends nominees to the White House among other efforts to slow the judicial confirmation process.
There are currently 55 vacancies, and 24 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 17 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.