The White House announced today that President Bush plans to renominate 20 candidates for seats on the federal judiciary. All 20 candidates, 12 circuit court nominations and 8 for district court seats, either had their confirmations blocked Senate filibuster or never received consideration. The White House declared, "An effective and efficient judicial system is vital to ensuring justice for all Americans. The president nominated highly qualified individuals to the federal courts during his first term, but the Senate failed to vote on many nominations." The nominees include William Pryor, Priscilla Owen, and Janice Rogers Brown. The L.A. Times is reporting, "The move by Bush signals that the president, propelled by socially conservative voters and a wider Republican majority in the Senate, hopes to use his second term to move the federal courts to the right on such issues as religion, abortion and gay rights."