judidical nominations

  • December 3, 2010

    There was action on judicial nominations in the White House and the Senate Judiciary committee this week, but not by the full Senate, resulting once again in no new federal judges being confirmed. With the Committee's approval of 11 more nominees, the total number now awaiting a confirmation vote climbed to 34. Of these stalled nominations, 26 were approved unanimously by the committee, a fact emphasized by Chairman Patrick Leahy in a statement that called "counterproductive" the failure to vote on nominees "who, if considered, would receive unanimous or near unanimous support, be confirmed, and be serving in the administration of justice throughout the country." President Obama also moved to lower the record vacancy level on the federal courts, nominating eight more to federal judgeships this week: seven to seats on the U.S. District Court and one to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.