Pressure is mounting on the lame duck Congress to act on pending judicial nominees. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy released a statement urging his fellow Senators to consider 20 nominations during the lame duck session, sixteen of which have already been approved by the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is lining up signatures for a cloture petition to force a vote on the confirmation of four long delayed judicial nominees, all of whom had to be re-nominated after their nominations expired. Meanwhile, two former federal judges, Abner J. Mikva, appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Carter, and Timothy Lewis, appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush, writing in Politico, called for action on the nominees.