by Samantha Berkovits
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture Thursday on Robert Bacharach, a noncontroversial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The motion to force a vote is a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he would block all appeals court nominees until after the November election under the so-called “Thurmond Rule.” The vote is scheduled for Monday.
Michael A. Shipp was confirmed to the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, after Sen. Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture. Shipp was the first African American magistrate in the District of New Jersey, and was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a voice vote without any stated opposition. Nonetheless, his nomination was blocked when Sen. Rand Paul refused to consent to a vote on Shipp – a political move to push for a vote on wholly unrelated legislation to halt aid to Pakistan.
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