President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats are nominating and confirming trial and appellate court judges at a much faster clip than any of Biden’s recent predecessors, including former President Donald Trump.
“Eight judges already have been confirmed, including potential Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson to the federal appeals court in Washington. More than 30 other judicial nominations are pending for more than 100 openings,” noted ABC.
That number is now nine.
Biden’s nominees all have drawn at least some Republican support in the Senate. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have voted for all eight judges who have been confirmed.
Another 15 Republicans have not voted for any Biden judicial nominees.
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Progressives pushed hard for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire this summer, but the 82-year-old justice has given every indication he will be on the bench when the court starts its new term in October.
“I don’t see any silver lining to Breyer staying on the court,” said Nan Aron, the outgoing president of the liberal Alliance for Justice. She worries that an illness or death could take away the Democrats’ precarious majority in the Senate and that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell could reprise his refusal to confirm a Democratic nominee, just as he did when Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016 and Obama nominated Merrick Garland, now the attorney general, to the Supreme Court.
But Aron said, “We’re so pleased with both the pace and high quality of the Biden nominees, particularly that so many come from all corners of the legal profession … It’s a wonderful departure from previous Democratic administrations.”