President Obama has renominated 54 candidates for open federal district and appellate court positions after their nominations expired at the end of 2013. But most observers believe this sets up another fight with the Senate Republicans who refused to allow votes on several of the nominees to go forward in December. The judicial nominations had expired with the end of the congressional session after Senate Republicans refused to allow them to be held over.
The nominations were reissued by the President on the Senate’s first day back for the year. Also included are candidates for senior federal agency and diplomatic positions and the District of Columbia’s courts. Members of the Senate should put aside the partisan bickering and get down to the business of dealing with the judicial confirmations. I believe that if the American people understood that judges are needed the vast majority would want the Senators to act on the confirmations.
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