Judicial Showdown -- and a Nominee Advances
As Senator Arlen Specter promised, Senate Republicans put pressure on Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy at today’s committee meeting. Specter and his colleagues detailed the unprecedented level of delay in advancing nominations, and pointed out that some pending nominees clearly meet Leahy’s criteria for moving the nominations (specifically home-state Senator support and a judicial emergency). The CfJ blog has more here.
Perhaps due to the GOP Senators’ hard line, the Judiciary Committee did approve one nomination today: Catharina Haynes for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.