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Sub News Item 11/12/2015 – Confirm President Obama’s Judges
On Nov. 12, 2014, President Obama nominated Luis Felipe Restrepo to a judgeship on the federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Restrepo, who already sits on the United States District Court in Philadelphia, seemed to secure the support of both Pennsylvania senators — Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican. read full story

Sub News Item 11/10/2015 – Pat Toomey Is Holding Up His Own Judicial Nominees. Again.
WASHINGTON -- It was just July when Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was raving about the four judicial nominees he recommended to President Barack Obama. read full story

Sub News Item 10/15/2015 – With confirmation hearings running far behind, Tennessee’s federal judicial nominees are left to cool their heels
Back in June, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker sat in on a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee along with a fellow Tennessean, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. Neither man holds a seat on the committee, but they had home-state business to attend to. read full story

Sub News Item 10/05/2015 – Senate Gets Around To Filling Court Vacancy After 1,069 Days
WASHINGTON -- It took them nearly three years to do it, but the Senate on Monday confirmed a desperately needed judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Senate voted 69 to 21 to confirm Dale Drozd. The seat he fills has been empty for 1,069 days and is a judicial emergency, meaning the workload exceeds 600 cases or has totaled between 430 and 600 cases for more than 18 months. read full story

Sub News Item 10/05/2015 – Senate confirms federal judge to serve in Fresno, finally
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale Drozd as a district judge to serve in Fresno’s federal courthouse, filling a long-standing vacancy in one of the country’s busiest judicial regions. read full story

Sub News Item 09/30/2015 – Tennessee judicial vacancies caught in Senate logjam
Confirmation votes to fill three judicial vacancies in Tennessee are stuck in a partisan logjam, even though the White House and the state’s Republican senators agree on who should fill the seats. read full story

Sub News Item 09/29/2015 – Vermont senator calls for confirmation of new Fresno federal judge
The crushing workload isn’t getting any lighter, and still there’s no sign that Dale A. Drozd is close to winning U.S. Senate confirmation as a federal judge in Fresno. read full story

Sub News Item 09/29/2015 – A Republican Shutdown of the Judicial Confirmations Process Hurts All Americans
Senate Republicans campaigned last year on the promise that they would govern responsibly if they won the majority. Unfortunately, rather than solving problems, the current Republican leadership has instead prioritized divisive issues that play only to their political base. read full story

Sub News Item 09/30/2015 – Federal Judges Are Burned Out, Overworked And Wondering Where Congress Is
It was Labor Day weekend and Lawrence O'Neill desperately wanted to get out of town for some downtime with his wife. His mini-vacation didn't work out so well. As a federal judge on a busy California court in Fresno, O'Neill works up to 75 hours a week and at least one full day every weekend -- and that's just to keep up with his regular caseload. read full story

Sub News Item 7/16/2015 – Colorado Senators Should Work to Swiftly Protect Our Federal Trial Court
Two months ago, U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn announced he will be taking senior status effective April 2016. This announcement creates a "future vacancy" on the U.S. District Court for Colorado and gives the president and the senate a year to nominate and confirm a new federal judge. read full story

Sub News Item 04/14/2015 – GOP Senate Unanimously Confirmed First Federal Judge
Senate Republicans have been in charge for three months, but only Monday confirmed its first judicial nominee, Alfred H. Bennett — unanimously. read full story

Sub News Item 03/10/2015 – Successes Reported in Aggressive Space and Rent Reduction Initiative
In other action, today the Conference adopted the results of the biennial judgeship survey conducted by its Judicial Resources Committee, which identified the need for five new appellate and 68 district judgeships. The Judicial Conference has provided the Director of the Administrative Office with the authority to seek separate legislation for Conference-approved judgeships in selected districts, providing the Judiciary with more flexibility in pursuing new judgeships in courts with the greatest needs. read full story

Sub News Item 02/04/2015 – President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts
Today, President Obama nominated Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. and Lawrence Joseph Vilardo to serve on the United States District Courts. read full story

Sub News Item 01/21/2015 – Massachusetts Judicial Nominations Panel to Screen Possible Candidates for Federal Vacancy in Boston
A state panel that screens potential judicial candidates is reconvening to consider applications for a vacant U.S. District Court position in Boston, U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, both Massachusetts Democrats, announced on Wednesday. read full story

Sub News Item 01/07/2015 – Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

Sub News Item 12/31/2014 – It’s Official: Obama Won’t Renominate Michael Boggs
It's over for Michael Boggs. Like, really over. read full story

Sub News Item 12/17/2014 – Senate Clears 96 Judicial Nominations After Rule Change
Despite a lack of legislative accomplishments, the Senate confirmed more judges than any other modern Congress. read full story

Sub News Item 12/12/2014 – GOP Hits the Brakes on Obama Nominees
Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees this weekend. read full story

Sub News Item 12/12/2014 – Budget Now in Senate’s Court
But the rest of the Senate’s business remains in flux: Leaders still hope to pass a large package of tax breaks and a terrorism risk insurance bill before breaking for the year, and Democrats are still holding out hope to approve several judges and a new surgeon general before losing their majority. read full story

Sub News Item 12/01/2014 – Reid Threatens to Extend Lame-duck
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to stay in session through the week of Dec. 15. read full story

Sub News Item 11/17/2014 – Senate Advances Judicial Nominees for Ga.
The Senate advanced three of President Obama’s judicial nominations for Georgia courts. read full story

Sub News Item 11/12/2014 – In First Lame-duck Vote, Senate Advances Nominations
The Senate advanced two of President Obama’s judicial nominees in lawmakers' first day back after the midterm elections. read full story

Sub News Item 11/11/2014 – Grassley to Oversee Obama Judgeships
Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the new Republican majority will carefully vet President Obama’s judicial appointments. read full story

Sub News Item 11/09/2014 – Grassley Picks Judiciary from Trio of Chairmanships
Eligible to pick among a trio of committee chairmanships in the coming Republican-majority U.S. Senate, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has settled on the powerful Judiciary Committee. read full story

Sub News Item 10/23/2014 – Biggs Nomination for Federal Judge Takes a Step Forward
According to a Judiciary Committee spokesperson, both North Carolina senators have submitted “blue slips” for Loretta Copeland Biggs, nominated in September by President Obama to serve as a U.S. District Judge in the state’s Middle District. read full story

Sub News Item 10/22/2014 – Texas Judicial Nominees Could Get Senate Committee Vote in November
A Senate committee could vote as early as Nov. 13 on three nominees for lifetime appointments as federal judges in Texas. read full story

Sub News Item 09/22/2014 – Another First Draft Exclusive: A Presidential Nomination Is Dead
The quest by President Obama to put Michael P. Boggs – who supported the Confederate flag and opposed abortion – on the federal bench in Georgia is over. read full story

Sub News Item 09/08/2014 – After Long Wait, Senate Confirms Pryor to Federal Appeals Bench
A 2 1/2-year odyssey for Jill Pryor ended Monday night when the U.S. Senate confirmed her to serve as a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. read full story

Congrats to the finalists.  Now it's up to Nelson/Rubio and Obama for the nomination. read full story

Sub News Item 08/08/2014 – Senate Holds Pro Forma to Save Pending Nominations
The Senate held a brief pro forma session on Friday to save dozens of President Obama’s pending nominations. Earlier this week, the House and Senate both passed an adjournment agreement, but the Senate still had to hold a pro forma on Friday, so executive and judicial nominees pending on the executive calendar weren’t sent back to Obama’s desk. read full story

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