by Caroline Cox
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley again delayed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on judicial nominees. Luis Felipe Restrepo, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, Travis Randall McDonough, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, are still waiting to be voted out of committee.
Senator Patrick Leahy released a statement urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to perform its job of voting on judicial nominees. Leahy pointed out that “the Republican-led Senate has not confirmed a single judge this work period.”
Alliance for Justice notes that this type of delays are becoming a pattern for Senator Grassley, and he has created three consecutive weeks without a confirmation hearing. The Wall Street Journal questions whether the Senate has truly turned a corner with Republican leadership. The article notes that “the Senate is on pace to confirm the fewest judicial nominations of any recent Congress.”
There are currently 60 vacancies, and 28 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 19 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.