March 30, 2023

On The Bench: Week March 30, 2023

With several continued absences in the Democratic Caucus, the Senate made little progress on judicial nominations this week. As of this writing, Magistrate Judge Matthew Brookman (S.D. Ind.) has been the only confirmation of the week. He was confirmed in a voice vote. This leaves 18 nominees pending on the Senate floor, awaiting cloture and confirmation votes.

The Senate is set to go on a two-week recess and will not return to session until April 17. This means there will be no more confirmations for nearly three weeks.

As of March 30, there are 99 Article III vacancies, 73 of which are current. There are 36 pending nominees: 18 waiting for floor votes, 12 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 6 waiting for hearings before the Committee. To date, 119 Article III judges have been confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration.