March 28, 2024

On The Bench: Week of March 28, 2024

Late last week, the Senate confirmed two more nominees: Ernest Gonzalez (W.D. Tex.) and Magistrate Judge Leon Schydlower (W.D. Tex.). After passing the government funding legislation, the Senate started its two-week recess.

Before leaving for recess, Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on 3 Article III nominees: Judge Ann Marie McIff Allen (D. Utah), Magistrate Judge Susan Bazis (D. Neb.), and Robert White (E.D. Mich.). The cloture vote on Magistrate Judge Bazis is the first vote set for when the Senate returns from recess on April 8.

As of March 28, there are 73 Article III vacancies, 44 of which are current. There are 25 pending nominees: 8 waiting for floor votes, 9 waiting to be reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 6 waiting for hearings before the Committee. To date, 190 Article III judges have been confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration.