June 1, 2023

On The Bench: Week June 1, 2023

With the debt ceiling looming over Congress, there was limited progress on judicial nominations this week. As of this writing, there has only been one Article III confirmation: Darrel Papillion (E.D. La.) in a 59-31 vote. There are still 21 nominees pending on the floor, waiting for cloture and confirmation votes.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an executive business meeting. At the markup, the Committee held over two nominees: Judge Ana de Alba (9th Cir.) and Judge Irma Ramirez (5th Cir.). Both will now likely receive a vote at the next executive business meeting.

As of June 1, there are 92 Article III vacancies, 72 of which are current. There are 29 pending nominees: 21 waiting for floor votes, 2 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 6 waiting for hearings before the Committee. To date, 130 Article III judges have been confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration.