President Trump Just Nominated 51 Judges and Lindsey Graham Vows To Confirm Them All

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Of the 146 federal judicial vacancies currently waiting to be filled, President Trump just nominated 51 judges to those positions.

Good, conservative judges!

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And Lindsey Graham vowed to help him get those through the Senate as quickly as possible!  

Wonderful work by these two men!

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From the Washington Examiner, here are more details:

In a sweeping move to further influence federal courts with conservative picks, President Trump on Wednesday renominated 51 judges who saw no action in the last Congress. 

The list showed 37 nominees to district courts, nine to circuit courts, two each to the International Trade and Federal Claims courts, and one to the Military Commission Review. 

One, Naomi Rao, was picked to replace the opening left when federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh won a seat on the Supreme Court. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a statement, “I truly appreciate the prompt attention President Trump and his White House team have shown to judicial nominations. I also appreciate the list of 51 impressive judicial nominations to fulfill the Senate’s constitutional role in advice and consent." He added that his panel will try to "confirm as many as possible, as soon as possible.” 

The president is already on a historic pace to change the courts and fill vacancies with conservative picks. According to one tally, he has put 30 judges on the United States courts of appeals and 53 judges for the United States district courts. 

He has also filled two Supreme Court vacancies. 

Should the Senate move quickly to approve his picks, as it has done so far, the 51 picks would fill one-third of the 146 vacancies.

Read the full list of all appointees here

The President and Sen. Graham are battling against more OBSTRUCTION TACTICS from the Democrats.

As reported by the National Review:

Breaking records is not always a good thing. When the 115th Congress adjourns, 69 nominations to the federal district and appeals court will expire and be returned to President Trump. That will break the record of 54 set in 1992, at the end of the 102nd Congress.

These numbers, however, do not tell the whole story. Democrats controlled the Senate in 1992. Putting a Republican president’s nominees on ice required nothing more than Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden, D-Del., refusing to hold hearings. In fact, as the New York Times reportedshortly before the 1992 election that Democrats did just that “to preserve the vacancies for Gov. Bill Clinton to fill if he is elected President.”

Although this is not a presidential election year and they are not the majority party, Democrats have still been able to prevent a record number of judicial nominations from being confirmed. This is especially serious since more judicial positions are vacant today than at the end of any previous two-year congress. We are in the longest period of triple-digit vacancies in more than 25 years.

Here’s one of the Democrats’ more subtle tactics. The Senate must end debate, or invoke cloture, on a nomination before it can vote on confirmation. If senators will not cooperate to end debate informally, Senate Rule 22 provides for a time-consuming roll-call vote for cloture, followed by as much as 30 hours of debate.

In the past, very little of that post-cloture debate time was used since the final outcome was obvious. Over the five decades before Trump took office, confirmation followed cloture by only a few hours nearly 50 percent of the time. Even during the Obama administration, when the process was said to be so difficult, cloture and confirmation occurred on the same day about 45 percent of the time.

That outcome has dropped to 27 percent under Trump. And this is just one obstruction tactic Senate Democrats have deployed to make the confirmation process as cumbersome as possible.

Because of these tactics, more than half of the current judicial vacancies have gone unfilled for so long that the Judicial Conference, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary, has designated these open seats as “judicial emergencies.” These positions have been open an average of 894 days, and the judges on those courts have an average caseload of more than 500 cases apiece.

Democrats and their left-wing allies are no doubt proud of this achievement, which is significantly more serious than what Democrats condemned just a few years ago. But obstruction-for-partisan-sport is not a good thing.


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