90 Miles From Tyranny : The Senate Ups Judicial Confirmations Despite Democrats’ Obstruction

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Senate Ups Judicial Confirmations Despite Democrats’ Obstruction

The Senate adjourned for the August recess last week, but not before confirming another 13 judges to the U.S. District Court.

Now is a good time to evaluate what the Senate has accomplished with respect to President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. The Heritage Foundation’s Judicial Appointment Tracker shows some of the good news, as well as the bad.

The Senate has confirmed a total of 146 judges to life-tenured federal courts since Trump took office, which is on par with previous presidents. This includes 75% of the nominees Trump has sent to the Senate, a figure that until recently lagged behind past presidents.

This shows that the Senate has picked up the confirmation pace in the last few months.

In fact, during the period May through July, the Senate confirmed judges in the double digits for three consecutive months—only the second time the Senate has achieved that in history.

That was possible because Republicans in April changed part of Senate Rule 22 to eliminate one of the Democrats’ obstruction tactics. Even when the Senate votes to invoke cloture, or end...

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