The Senate advanced the nomination of a federal district court nominee who campaigned against abortion and for President Donald Trump.
Lawmakers voted 49 to 43 on Monday night to end debate on Michael Truncale’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He’s likely to be confirmed.
Truncale campaigned for conservative positions in his unsuccessful Republican primary bid for a Texas congressional seat, in 2011 and 2012. He also volunteered for the Trump campaign in 2016.
Trump has appointed more than 100 district and appeals court judges to date, but about 125 district court vacancies remain....