June 13, 2024

On The Bench: Week of June 13, 2024

The Senate made no progress on judicial confirmations this week. As of this writing, there have been no cloture motions filed on any Article III nominees.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an executive business meeting where due to attendance issues they were unable to vote on any Article III nominees.

Also this week, the White House announced the newest slate of judicial nominations. The slate consisted of 3 Article III nominees: Mary Kay Costello (E.D. Pa.), Laura Margarete Provinzino (D. Minn.), and Judge Noël Wise.

As of June 13, there are 71 Article III vacancies, 45 of which are current. Once the latest nominees are officially nominated, there will be 30 pending nominees: 10 waiting for floor votes, 9 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 11 waiting for hearings before the Committee. To date, 201 Article III judges have been confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration.

In other judiciary news, the Senate Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan vote advanced the JUDGES Act of 2024. The legislation seeks to add 66 permanent district court judgeships in several states across the country. The new judgeships would be added over a period of 12 years.