Senate Republicans believe that no more judicial nominees should be confirmed for the balance of the year until the elections, citing something called the Thurmond rule, which sets an arbitrary deadline for election-year confirmations. So the withheld enough votes to deny 60-vote confirmation of a judge so conservative he was acceptable to Oklahoma’s Senators.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday July 31, 2012 6:45 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 14, 2012 11:08 am|
One of the few areas of progress in recent months has been the confirmation of judges by the Senate. Under a deal in the spring, 17 judges got confirmed, stretched out over a period of several weeks. And when that deal expired, a few more judges trickled in with confirmations. In all, 20 judges have been confirmed in the last two months, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer; and just on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, getting cloture on the nomination with a super-majority of exactly 60 votes. There are still an undue number of vacancies on the federal bench – and part of that can be chalked up to the Administration not nominating enough judges – but the situation was improving somewhat.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 1:35 pm|
The Ninth Circuit decision on the Prop 8 matter underlines the importance of judicial nominations in our political system, and the stunning lack of emphasis that the current Administration has put on it. In a new report liberated by Steven Aftergood, the Congressional Research Service took a look at judicial vacancies, finding that, at the beginning of 2012, the federal judiciary had more open seats than they did when President Obama first came into office.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 20, 2012 6:30 pm|
The Senate plan for the JOBS Act today, a financial deregulation bill that would weaken investor protections with no economic benefit, was for three cloture votes – an amendment to add investor protections to the bill, an amendment to attach a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to the bill, and, if those failed, a cloture vote on the bill itself.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 14, 2012 12:15 pm|
It looks like Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have backed down on their obstruction of judicial confirmations. But it’s a little unclear; what we know is that McConnell and Harry Reid reached a deal that will allow the judges to get a vote. However, the JOBS Act, the financial market IPO deregulation bill which McConnell sought prior to the judicial issues, will get a vote first, and it’s not clear all the GOP Senators are on board.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 12, 2012 2:55 pm|
We heard that Harry Reid would make a last stand to deal with the crisis in the federal judiciary, and now we’re getting it. Today, Reid announced he would spend the next two weeks seeking to confirm 17 federal judges who received unanimous or near-unanimous votes out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday December 6, 2011 5:16 pm|
Republicans in the US Senate filibustered the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, despite her receiving majority support from the Senate on a cloture vote. The nomination failed to achieve cloture by a count of 54-45.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 19, 2011 9:59 am|
The nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit gets a vote in the Senate today, and the prospects are pretty bleak. President Obama nominated Alaska Supreme Court justice Morgen Christen to the 9th Circuit (which has four vacancies) yesterday, drawing praise from Lisa Murkowski. Perhaps this was part of a deal to get Murkowski’s vote for Liu. Other than that, I haven’t seen much of a strategy to get this accomplished, other than trying to force Republicans to be as good as their past statements about filibustering judicial nominations.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 5, 2011 10:30 am|
Tom Udall has released the Senate rules reform package that he will introduce today for a vote, which he believes he can get passed with a simple majority. It includes most of the features that had been bandied about throughout the last couple weeks.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 24, 2010 11:45 am|
It’s the silent filibuster, the filibuster where the Majority Leader knows that it’ll take a week to get the head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission through the Senate, that is just a pure waste of time. And the rules of ending post-cloture time for nominations (because what’s to discuss or amend after that?), or ending the filibuster of the motion to proceed, would make those silent filibusters less painful.