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August 22, 2014

Filibuster Deal Offers Little Help for Judicial Nominees

Jill Lawrence notes that while President Obama might have scored a victory with the filibuster deal that guarantees confirmation of a number of controversial executive nominees, there is still no hope in sight for judicial nominees.

“When Obama came into office, 60 percent of federal judges had been named by Republicans and 40 percent by Democrats… Obama’s appointments had shifted that ratio to 49 percent Republican – 51 percent Democratic.”

“But some observers suspect at least part of the slow pace stems from Republican senators refusing to agree in advance on nominees from their states, as has been routine in the past… The statistics seem to support the argument… in the cases of 14 vacancies involving states with two GOP senators, it has taken an average of 349 days for Obama to nominate a successor; that compares with 197 days for 17 vacancies in states with two Democratic senators. There is also a disparity for district courts—434 days for states with GOP senators, 390 for those with Democrats

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