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Twelve Judges Who Received Unanimous Judiciary Committee Support Still Haven’t Received A Senate Vote

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One in ten federal judgeships are currently vacant, a reality that has crippled many federal courts. As ABA president Bill Robinson recently explained, “[d]elay at the federal courts puts people’s lives on hold while they wait for their cases to be resolved. Businesses face uncertainty and costly holdups, preventing them from investing and creating jobs. In sum, judicial vacancies kill jobs.”

Of  course, this problem has an easy solution — confirm the people President Obama nominated to fill these vacant seats. Presently, nineteen nominees have cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee. Twelve of these judges cleared the committee without a single objection, and five more were voted out of the committee with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) as the only objector. Lee, of course, recently promised to oppose every single one of Obama’s nominees, and he also believes that national child labor laws, Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional — so his opinion of a nominee’s qualifications for the bench are not really entitled to any weight.

Nominee

Court

Committee Vote

Gina Marie Groh

Northern District of West Virginia

No Objections

Mary Elizabeth Phillips

Western District of Missouri

No Objections

Thomas Owen Rice

Eastern District of Washington

No Objections

David Nuffer

District of Utah

No Objections

Stephanie Dawn Thacker

Fourth Circuit

No Objections

Michael Fitzgerald

Central District of California

No Objections

Ronnie Abrams

Southern District of New York

No Objections

Rudolph Contreras

District of Columbia

No Objections

Miranda Du

District of Nevada

10-8 (party line)

Susie Morgan

Eastern District of Louisiana

No Objections

Jacqueline H. Nguyen

Ninth Circuit

No Objections

Gregg Jeffrey Costa

Southern District of Texas

No Objections

David Campos Guaderrama

Western District of Texas

No Objections

Brian C. Wimes

Eastern & Western District of Missouri

Lee Only Objection

Paul J. Watford

Ninth Circuit

10-6 (party line, Graham and Kyl not voting)

Kristine Gerhard Baker

Eastern District of Arkansas

Lee Only Objection

John Z. Lee

Northern District of Illinois

Lee Only Objection

George Levi Russell

District of Maryland

Lee Only Objection

John J. Tharp, Jr

Northern District of Illinois

Lee Only Objection

Yesterday, a wave of Democratic senators spoke out of the Senate floor about the growing vacancy crisis and the need to confirm these pending nominees, so it is clear that some action is coming on these nominees. When it comes — and it should not wait one second longer than it needs to — Senate Republicans will have a choice. They can either serve the American people by confirming a slate of judges that no reasonable person has lodged a single objection to, or they can prove that they care about nothing more than obstructionism by blocking these votes.

 

Cal. Number

Nominee

Position

Reported out

Committee Vote

408

Gina Marie Groh

ND WV

10/6/11

VV

439

Mary Elizabeth Phillips

WD MO

10/13/11

VV

440

Thomas Owen Rice

ED WA

10/13/11

VV

441

David Nuffer*

D UT

10/13/11

VV

460

Stephanie Dawn Thacker

4th Cir (WV)

11/3/11

VV

461

Michael Fitzgerald*

CD CA

11/3/11

VV

462

Ronnie Abrams

SD NY

11/3/11

VV

463

Rudolph Contreras

D DC

11/3/11

VV

464

Miranda Du*

D NV

11/3/11

10-8

(party line)

497

Susie Morgan

ED LA

11/10/11

VV

508

Jacqueline H. Nguyen*

9th Cir (CA)

12/1/11

VV

509

Gregg Jeffrey Costa*

SD TX

12/1/11

VV

510

David Campos Guaderrama*

WD TX

12/1/11

VV

528

Brian C. Wimes

ED/WD MO

12/15/11

VV (Lee objection noted)

552

Paul J. Watford*

9th Cir (CA)

2/2/12

10-6

(party line, Graham and Kyl not voting)

568

Kristine Gerhard Baker

ED AR

2/16/12

VV (Lee objection noted)

569

John Z. Lee*

ND IL

2/16/12

VV (Lee objection noted)

570

George Levi Russell*

D MD

2/16/12

VV (Lee objection noted)

571

John J. Tharp, Jr*

ND IL

2/16/12

VV (Lee objection noted)

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