by Caroline Cox
The GOP-controlled Senate is still stalling on judicial nominations. Jonathan Bernstein writes at Bloomberg View that this refusal to allow positions to be filled “is an abuse of power.”
People for the American Way finds that the Senate is moving President Obama’s nominees much slower than the Democrat-controlled Senate moved President Bush’s nominees in the last two years of his presidency.
Steve Benen writes at MSNBC that Senate Republicans are beginning to consider filibuster reform despite previously embracing the tactic.
There are currently 53 vacancies, and 21 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 16 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.