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Trump Reaches 150 Judicial Appointments as Senate Resumes Push

Sept. 11, 2019, 10:23 PM

President Donald Trump has reached 150 judicial appointments as the Senate cleared six more nominees on Wednesday, including two who were first nominated by Barack Obama and waited four years to be confirmed.

“This is a historic milestone,” Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a statement following the final floor vote in the latest judicial string. “These conservative judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come.”

So far, the Senate has confirmed 105 Trump district court selections, and 43 circuit court nominees to go with Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The president has been fulfilling a campaign pledge to stock the federal courts with young conservatives. Democrats in many cases have objected to his nominees as too conservative or unsuited to lifetime appointments.

The latest round of confirmations reflect a deal struck previously by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to confirm some judges in the home states of both Republicans and Democrats.

A recent focus has been to fill long-standing vacancies in the federal district courts of Texas. Ada Brown cleared the Senate and will serve in the Northern District of Texas.

Democrats finally saw confirmation of the two long-delayed Obama picks: Mary McElroy for the District of Rhode Island and Stephanie Gallagher for the District of Maryland.

Other confirmations included Stephanie Haines for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Steven Grimberg for the Northern District of Georgia; and Steven Seeger for the Northern District of Illinois.

The action cleared the way for McConnell to move on to the next judges awaiting votes on the Senate’s executive calendar, and seven on that list are in Schumer’s home state of New York.

Schumer said he’s hopeful the long-delayed New York picks will finally get votes. Two are former Obama nominees.

There are 19 Trump selections awaiting votes, but McConnell also is waiting for the Judiciary Committee to advance more nominees.

The committee on Wednesday considered three more district court nominees and White House lawyer and former Kirkland & Ellis partner Steven Menashi to serve on the New York-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Votes to report the nominees are expected later this month.

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