On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing for three judicial nominees. They were:
- Robin Rosenbaum, Eleventh Circuit,
- Bruce Hendricks, District of South Carolina, and
- Mark Mastroianni, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
On Wednesday, Sen. Pryor (D-Ark.) requested that Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) ask unanimous consent to consider the nomination of James Moody to the Eastern District of Arkansas. Sen. Pryor stressed the importance of moving Moody’s nomination because of uncertainty regarding Judge Moody’s current Pulaski County Circuit judgeship election.
Sen. Reid asked the Senate for unanimous consent to consider Moody’s nomination, along with the nomination of Jeffrey Meyer to the District of Connecticut, James Donato to the Northern District of California and Beth Freeman to the Northern District of California. Sen. Cornyn (R-Tex.) objected, and Sen. Reid filed cloture on all four nominees. The first cloture vote will occur at 5:30pm on Monday, Feb. 24 when the Senate returns from recess.