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ID Senators: Senate Unanimously Confirms Judge David Nye of Pocatello to be US District Judge for Idaho: Crapo, Risch Lead Judge Nye’s Nomination to Completion
(Republican - Idaho) 07/12/17
“I thank my colleagues for expediting Judge Nye’s consideration and confirmation,” said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Judge Nye is a supremely qualified candidate for a U.S. district judge seat, having both a unanimous “well qualified” rating from the ABA and receiving approval from the Judiciary Committee without dissent twice in under 12 months. Judge Nye is a well-respected jurist in Idaho and is heavily-involved in the training and orientation of new judges. I congratulate Judge Nye on his confirmation and am confident he will continue to serve the people of Idaho and its legal community well into the future.” “I am pleased that the U.S. Senate has approved Judge Nye as U.S. District Judge in Idaho,” said Senator Risch. “Judge Nye is a qualified and experienced jurist who has great respect for the rule of law, and who has rejected judicial activism in his service as a state judge. His confirmation is a true win for Idahoans. In the midst of Idaho’s judicial emergency, I also want to thank President Trump and Leader McConnell for making Judge Nye’s confirmation a priority for the Senate. I look forward to his forthcoming many years of service as a U.S. District Judge.” Judge Nye was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. He was previously nominated to the same position by President Obama in 2016 and approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 114th Congress concluded without completing the confirmation process. The Trump administration, in consultation with both Crapo and Risch, re-nominated Judge Nye on May 8, and his nomination was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 15.

Sens. Rubio, Nelson Announce Judicial Nominating Commission Members
(Democrat, Republican - Florida) 07/12/17
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) today announced the full membership of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the 115th Congress. The commission is chaired by Carlos López-Cantera and charged with identifying and recommending to the senators highly qualified individuals for consideration to become U.S. district judges in each of the three judicial districts in Florida. “We appreciate the willingness of these men and women to volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of Florida,” said the senators. “Their input and recommendations are a critical part of the process and will help ensure judicial vacancies are filled in a timely manner by qualified individuals who are well regarded by their peers and communities.”

Sen. Feinstein: Protect Senate ‘Advise-and-Consent’ Role on Judicial Nominees
(Democrat - California) 07/12/17
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Senate to protect the role of senators in the nominations process. Over the past two weeks, there have been a number of baseless attacks against the blue slip and Democratic senators .... "The blue slip has been used since 1917 and history is being misrepresented in a brazen attempt to destroy the Senate’s prerogative to ‘advise-and-consent’ on judicial nominees. “The blue slip is the one opportunity that home-state senators have to weigh in on judges that will serve their constituents and it has always been taken seriously. It was always honored during the Obama administration—even when Republicans did not return blue slips for up to two and a half years. “The bottom line is that no circuit court nominee has been confirmed without two blue slips from home-state senators since at least 1981. As far as this senator is concerned, no senator should be chastised for thoroughly vetting nominees using a tool that’s been around for 100 years. “It’s telling that just six months into the Trump administration there is this proactive effort to effectively eliminate the role of senators in the nominations process. No Democratic senator has said that he or she will reject all Trump judicial nominees. Rather, they will review nominees on a case-by-case basis. This effort isn’t a response to obstruction—there’s been no obstruction. This is about giving conservative outside groups the ability to hand pick judges. “Rather than nominate candidates to fill vacancies in states with two Republican senators, the White House has prioritized vacancies in states with Democratic senators. There are three vacancies on the Fifth Circuit, including two in Texas that have been open for more than three years. If the White House was so concerned about vacancies it would have focused on these seats.”

Sen. McConnell: Senate Democrats Causing Historically Slow Nomination Process
(Republican - Kentucky) 07/12/17
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor today

Sens. Merkely & Wyden spokespersons on judicial nominations and selection
(Democrat - Oregon) 07/12/17
But a spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, said the delay is not on his end, adding that the White House has barely started to engage in the customary consultation with the state's senators over such picks. "Sen. Merkley plans to use the same process for judicial nominations that has served the state well for years: having a panel of respected attorneys interview candidates, review their records, and make recommendations," the spokeswoman, Sara Hottman, said in an email on Tuesday. "Sen. Merkley has communicated that to the White House and to the Judiciary Committee, and has been clear he cannot commit to signing off on any nominees who don't go through that process. "Sen. Merkley has a call with the White House counsel today," she added. "The call is the first time in six months the administration has reached out on the subject of U.S. Attorney nominations, so it is not accurate to blame 'Democratic foot-dragging' on the delay in finding replacements." A spokesman for Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon's ranking Democrat, echoed that message. "Sen. Wyden is working with Sen. Merkley and Congressman Walden on developing a process that provides the fairest and best opportunity to forward good candidates for these posts."

SENS. CRAPO, RISCH HIGHLIGHT JUDGE NYE’S STRONG QUALIFICATIONS DURING SENATE REMARKS: SENATORS SPEAK IN ADVANCE OF FINAL CONFIRMATION VOTE
(Republican - Idaho) 07/11/17
In remarks today before the full Senate, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch spoke of the widely-respected legal experience and service of Judge David C. Nye.... “Judge Nye is a supremely qualified candidate for a federal district court seat, having both a unanimous “well qualified” rating from the American Bar Association and enjoyed approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee without dissent twice in a little less than a year,” said Crapo, a member of the panel. “It is rare to be nominated by presidents of different parties, but it is a fitting testament to Judge Nye’s sterling reputation that he has secured that distinction. I appreciate the Majority Leader giving Judge Nye the honor of being the first U.S. district judge confirmed by the 115th Congress.” “I want to personally thank the White House for very quickly re-nominating Judge Nye for this position, at the request of myself and Senator Crapo,” said Senator Risch. “Judge Nye will be a person who will make us all proud. Certainly we're going to be very happy to have this judgeship filled in Idaho and particularly with someone of the quality of Judge Nye.” ... Both senators’ remarks follow below. ...

Sen. Schumer Floor Statement on David Nye and other nominations
(Democrat - New York) 07/11/17
S3895-96: "I heard the majority leader complain about the slow pace of nominations. Our Republican friends, when they are worried about the slow pace of nominations, ought to look in the mirror. This President has nominated fewer nominees than has anyone else, and seven of the major nominees had to withdraw their nominations. Many of them were brought here to the Senate without the necessary documentation--the paperwork, the ethics reports, the FBI reports. ... My colleague complained about this nominee from Idaho. He was outraged that he had to file cloture. I would remind the majority leader that this district judge was nominated by President Obama in the last Congress and that he was the majority leader in the last Congress, which was responsible for putting nominees on the Senate calendar. The district court judge is only one of many nominees who the Republicans failed to move in the last Congress--a Congress which confirmed the fewest number of judges of any Congress since the Eisenhower administration."

Sen. Schumer Floor Statement: NOMINATIONS
(Democrat - New York) 07/10/17
"I understand the White House is complaining about the pace of nominations, citing the obstruction of Senate Democrats. If the White House is looking for a cause of the delay, they only need to look in the mirror. No administration in recent memory has been slower in sending nominees to the Senate. In the last few weeks, the administration has sent several nominees without all of their paperwork or their ethics agreements complete. We can't go forward until that happens. The White House has sent nominees for the Cabinet on down without the paperwork or ethics agreements completed. That is almost unprecedented in its degree. Time and again, they have stalled on providing committees with the information they need to proceed on nominations."

Sens. Stabenow, Peters Accepting Applications from Candidates Interested in Nomination for Federal Judgeship and U.S. Attorney in Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
(Democrat - Michigan) 07/07/17
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced they are accepting applications from qualified persons interested in nomination for federal judge or United States Attorney. There is currently one vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and one vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western District.... “As Senators representing the State of Michigan, it is our constitutional responsibility to evaluate a nominee’s qualifications, experience and judicial philosophy to ensure their nomination is in the best interest of the people of Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow. “I am confident that there are many qualified people in our state that are ready to serve as federal judge or U.S Attorney. I encourage those interested in serving to apply for these important positions.” “There is a long standing tradition of Senators evaluating and recommending highly qualified home state candidates for federal judgeship and U.S. Attorney roles,” said Senator Peters. “Federal judges and U.S. Attorneys make decisions that directly impact the people of Michigan as they work to administer justice fairly and compassionately, and I encourage qualified applicants who are interested in public service to apply.” It is the Senate’s tradition for both home state Senators to recommend judicial nominees to the President for consideration. After someone is nominated, it is Senate procedure for the home state senators to agree to consideration of a nominee before the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts hearings and votes. This is commonly called the “blue slip” process. Nominations approved by the Committee are then considered by the full Senate. President Trump has already nominated Justice Joan Larsen to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Both Senators received her completed application and background materials last week, which includes hundreds of pages of documents. They are in the process of thoroughly reviewing her record. Senators Stabenow and Peters will continue to listen to public input and consult with Michigan’s legal community to ensure that our state is served by highly qualified, fair and impartial judges that put the people of Michigan first.

Sens. Grassley, Ernst Invite Iowans to be Considered for Judgeship in Northern District of Iowa
(Republican - Iowa) 07/07/17
"Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst today invited Iowa lawyers who would like to be recommended for a judicial appointment by President Donald Trump to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa to submit applications by August 11. The senators intend to make recommendations to fill the federal judgeship that will be left vacant when Judge Linda R. Reade, of Cedar Rapids, takes senior status. Reade was recommended in 2002 by Grassley to President George W. Bush .... Federal judges are nominated by the President, confirmed “with the advice and consent” of the U.S. Senate, and serve lifetime appointments.

Michigan Senators on Larsen judicial nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 07/04/17
The Senate Judiciary Committee has not taken up the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen …. The panel is waiting for the go-ahead from her home state senators, Democrats Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township. They are still reviewing Larsen’s nomination, including a Michigan-specific questionnaire that she returned to the senators’ offices last week…. Stabenow said she and Peters are seeking additional input on Larsen’s nomination, including asking bar associations in Michigan for feedback. “We’ve said nothing at all that would politicize this process,” Stabenow said in an interview. “The wisest thing for her supporters would be to give us constructive input. We’re in the process of doing our due diligence. It’s a very, very important position, and it’s our responsibility to the people of Michigan to get all the information.”… The White House traditionally consults with senators before selecting judicial nominees, but Trump’s White House notified the senators’ offices without seeking input on Larsen.

Sen. Franken spokesman on Stras judicial nomination
(Democrat - Minnesota) 07/04/17
Neither Sens. Amy Klobuchar nor Al Franken have returned their blue slips signaling acceptance of Justice Stras. Both senators are currently reviewing his record. “That takes time — especially since he was not meaningfully consulted by the White House in advance of the nomination,” said Michael Dale-Stein, a spokesman for Mr. Franken.

Sen. Peters on Joan Larsen judicial nomination
(Democrat - Michigan) 07/02/17
A spokesperson for [Sen. Gary] Peters' office said the senator just received all of the requested paperwork from Larsen this week and will be reviewing that material before making a final blue slip decision.

Sen. Crapo spokesman on David Nye judicial nomination
(Republican - Idaho) 06/30/17
Nye was nominated by President Barack Obama last year for the vacancy created by U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge's retirement, with the support and involvement of U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho. The Judiciary Committee approved his nomination last summer, but he never got a full Senate vote. Senate Judiciary approved his nomination again a couple of weeks ago, and on Wednesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for cloture on the nomination, a parliamentary move aimed to limit debate before an upcoming vote. "The cloture puts the Senate on notice that it is coming up," Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern said...."He was unanimous out of committee, so we're hoping for the best," Nothern said.

Norton Thanks Durbin For Defending D.C.’s Right to a Role in Nomination of Federal Officials at Confirmation Hearing Today
(Democrat - District of Columbia) 06/28/17
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) thanked Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) for getting two Trump administration nominees for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to commit at their confirmation hearing today to meet with Norton before the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a vote on their nominations. Durbin noted that the Trump administration, unlike the last three administrations, has not provided Norton any role in the nomination process for federal district court judges and other law enforcement officials in the District. Norton had requested that Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats question the nominees on their knowledge of D.C. and whether they intend to reside in D.C. during their terms. “We are grateful to Senator Durbin, who has always been one of the strongest defenders in Congress of D.C. equality,” Norton said. “It is beyond unacceptable that D.C. residents have been excluded from the nomination process for federal officials who serve them. I look forward to the nominees abiding by their commitment to Senator Durbin and meeting with me, as under prior administrations.”

Sen. Feinstein Speaks on Importance of ABA on Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - California) 06/28/17
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing about the importance of allowing the American Bar Association (ABA) to review and rate nominees before their hearings.... "I believe that the ABA’s independent, nonpartisan peer evaluations of judicial nominees are important and that senators ought to be able to look at these ratings and take them into account before a nominee’s hearing.... to have nominees that are not judged qualified by the bar association is deeply disturbing. And I think that if somebody can’t get a qualified rating from the ABA they shouldn’t be a judge. So, if this is aimed at weakening that standard I will be, candidly, very disappointed."

Norton Says Trump Administration Continues to Disrespect D.C. on Nominations, Reiterates Call for Senate Democrats to Question Nominees on D.C. Knowledge and Residency: D.C. U.S. District Court Nominees Don’t Pay Norton Courtesy Visit Before Confirmation Hearing, Wednesday
(Democrat - District of Columbia) 06/27/17
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today expressed her strong disappointment that the Trump administration did not even extend her the courtesy to meet the first two nominees for federal positions in the District of Columbia that the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider this Congress—Timothy Kelly and Trevor McFadden, both for the federal district court here—before their confirmation hearing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Unlike the last three administrations, the Trump administration has not provided Norton with any role in the nomination of federal judges and law enforcement officials in the District. As a result, Norton is requesting that Democrats on the committee question nominees on their knowledge of D.C. and whether they intend to reside in the District during their terms.... “Not only has the Trump administration completely excluded D.C. from any role in the nomination of federal officials in D.C., they have failed to even extend to us the basic courtesy to take the measure of the nominees in person before their confirmation hearings in the Senate, where taxpaying D.C. residents have no representation whatsoever,” Norton said. “It is inconceivable that the Trump administration would not request a meeting to introduce nominees to at least their home-state senators before their confirmation hearings.”

Judiciary Democrats: Allow ABA to Review Potential Judges Before Hearings
(Democrat - California) 06/23/17
Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today released the following statement in response to the majority’s decision to hold a nomination hearing for two district court nominees before the American Bar Association has an opportunity to review and rate them: “We’re disappointed that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a nomination hearing for two district court nominees before the American Bar Association will be able to complete their independent nonpartisan evaluations. The hearing will be just 21 days after the nominees were announced and 16 days after the committee received their questionnaires. The ABA is typically able to complete ratings within five weeks, but three weeks is not enough time. The Senate Judiciary Committee has an obligation to thoroughly vet nominees for these lifetime judicial appointments. Reviewing potential judges and ensuring they are qualified is one of our most important responsibilities. A nominee’s ABA rating is an important part of that process. Senators deserve the opportunity to take ABA evaluations into account as they review nominees, and the committee shouldn’t hold hearings until the ABA has an opportunity to provide those ratings.”

Sen. Leahy: Grassley said he would follow same blue slip procedures-- over 30 years "He’s never broken his word to me.”
(Democrat - Vermont) 06/22/17
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), stuck by the practice for years when he was chairman ― even when Republicans routinely abused it to block Obama’s nominees.... “Sen. Grassley made it very clear that he appreciated what I did when there was a Republican president and Democratic president, applying the blue slips,” Leahy told HuffPost. “He told me he was going to follow the same procedures as chairman. And I take him at his word,” he added. “I’ve known him for over 30 years. He’s never broken his word to me.”

Sen. Feinstein on Scott Palk renomination to District Court
(Democrat - California) 06/15/17
Palk, on the other hand, had a slightly tougher path through the committee, after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., raised concerns about his decision to accept a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association even after he was up for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Feinstein was also bothered by Palk’s refusal to commit to recusing himself on any cases that came before him and involved the NRA. “I began to think about that and I thought how would I feel if I were before him and I knew that he was a lifetime member of an organization that is in favor of virtually anywhere, anytime gun ownership, possession, sale, transfer, whatever,” Feinstein said before voting against him. “And I think to take out a lifetime membership when you’re going to be a lifetime federal judge is rather sobering. I would not want to go before him.” Feinstein and Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy had a brief back and forth about the California Democrat’s objection to Palk, where Kennedy wondered whether any nominee going forward who is a member of the NRA would have a hard time getting through the committee. Feinstein insisted that Palk was different because he took out the lifetime membership after he was nominated and still refused to say he would recuse himself from cases in which the NRA took a position.

Grassley Statement at Executive Business Meeting on District Court Nominations
(Republican - Iowa) 06/15/17
"We’ll vote on two District Court Judges today: David Nye for Idaho [and] Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma. These nominees were nominated by President Obama last year and we held a hearing for them then. When they were re-nominated by President Trump this year, I gave Members who were not on the Committee last Congress an opportunity to ask them written questions if they wanted to, just like I did in the past for President Obama’s nominees. Both these nominees have strong home state support and were reported out of this Committee last Congress by voice vote."

SENS. CRAPO, RISCH PRAISE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF JUDGE DAVID NYE: NOMINATION REPORTED TO THE FULL SENATE FOR CONSIDERATION
(Republican - Idaho) 06/15/17
"I thank Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein for prompt action on Judge Nye’s nomination. I welcomed the opportunity to reintroduce Judge Nye to my colleagues and appreciate the unanimous approval by the Committee,” said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The panel’s endorsement of Judge Nye last year and today demonstrates his strong credentials and outstanding service to the legal community. I will be working closely with my Senate colleagues to advance Judge Nye through the full Senate and hope he can be confirmed quickly.” "I am grateful to my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, including Mike Crapo, for making Judge Nye’s approval a priority on their panel. Judge Nye is a sound and principled jurist who has my full confidence. I look forward to seeing his nomination come before the full Senate, where I will strongly advocate for his confirmation." Judge Nye has been nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. He was previously nominated to the same position by President Obama in 2016 and was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 114th Congress concluded without completing the confirmation process. The Trump administration, in consultation with both Crapo and Risch, re-nominated Judge Nye

Feinstein defends blue-slip tactic to block judges
(Democrat - California) 06/14/17
The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is warning Republicans against cutting back on the rights of home-state senators to block judicial nominees through a process known as the blue slip. At a confirmation hearing Wednesday on three of President Donald Trump's judicial picks, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said she wanted to counter Republicans' claims that the blue-slip procedure has not been religiously applied to nominations for circuit court seats. Feinstein noted that one of the nominees appearing before the panel Wednesday, Kevin Newsom, has been selected for a seat that President Barack Obama tried to fill last year. Obama's pick, U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon, never got a hearing because Sen. Richard Shelby and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions declined to return the so-called blue slips for the Alabama resident. So, the seat remained vacant. "I’ve seen in the media some comments from friends across the aisle suggesting that blue slips have historically been less important for circuit court nominees than district court nominees. And respectfully that’s just not the case. The fact that Mr. Newsom is sitting before us today proves that fact," Feinstein said.... Feinstein signaled Wednesday that it would be a mistake for Republicans to abandon the system requiring buy-in from local senators. "That is the prerogative of home state senators for judicial nominees from their states, including circuit court judges," she said.

Sen. Feinstein Speaks on Importance of Senators on Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - California) 06/14/17
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing about the importance of preserving the so-called blue slip process that requires both home-state senators to approve a nominee from their state before that nominee can move forward in the Judiciary Committee. The nomination of Kevin Newsom to the Eleventh Circuit was only possible because senators did not sign off on President Obama’s nominee to fill that vacancy having a hearing in the Judiciary Committee, but Republicans are now signaling that this long-standing precedent is in jeopardy.... "I would just like to say a quick word, if I may, about blue slips and the Eleventh Court vacancy. Last year, President Obama nominated U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon for this very same vacancy on the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Kallon had been unanimously confirmed with the support of Senators Shelby and Sessions when he was nominated to the federal court bench in 2009. And I’m certain that Judge Kallon would have been an excellent Eleventh Circuit judge. However, Judge Kallon did not receive a hearing in this committee last year because Senators Shelby and Sessions did not support his elevation to the circuit court, and thus did not return their blue slips. That is the prerogative of home-state senators for judicial nominees from their states—including circuit court judges. Now, Mr. Newsom is before us today because Senators Shelby and Strange returned blue slips, and I do not hold Mr. Newsom accountable for the senators’ decision not to return blue slips on Judge Kallon’s nomination. But I’ve seen in the media some comments from friends across the aisle suggesting that blue slips have historically been less important for circuit court nominees than district court nominees. And respectfully, that’s just not the case. The fact that Mr. Newsom is sitting here before us today proves that fact."

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on John K. Bush and Damien Schiff judicial nominations
(Republican - Louisiana) 06/14/17
John Bush, a Kentucky lawyer nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, said he regretted some of his 400-plus posts, all published under a fake name ... Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana seemed unpersuaded. "Mr. Bush, I've read your blogs," Kennedy said as he stared at the nominee. "I'm not impressed."... While Bush adopted an apologetic tone, a second nominee, Damien Schiff, was far more confrontational.... Kennedy, who looked disgusted at the end of the hearing, but said he had reached no conclusion about the nominees.

Norton Urges Senate Democrats to Question D.C. Federal Nominees on Residency, Familiarity with D.C., After White House Nominates Non-D.C. Residents for the U.S. District Court and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
(Democrat - District of Columbia) 06/13/17
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today called on Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question nominees for federal positions in the District of Columbia, including federal district court judge, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal, on whether they intend to reside in D.C. during their terms. The White House last week formally nominated its first three individuals for the federal district court here, including Dabney Langhorne Friedrich of California and Trevor N. McFadden of Virginia. Yesterday, the White House announced its intent to nominate Jessie Liu, who is a Virginia resident, to serve as U.S. Attorney here. “It is critical that federal district court judges, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals understand the people and issues of the jurisdictions they serve, and living in the jurisdictions where their decisions apply keeps them in touch with many relevant issues 24/7,” Norton said. “We are offended that there is a unique patronage exemption in federal law for the District of Columbia. The principle of local residency of federal officials serving their district in the states and territories is otherwise nearly universally recognized."... In March, Norton wrote to President Trump requesting that he extend her the courtesy of consulting on the appointment of these officials—the same courtesy extended to her by President George W. Bush. The Trump White House has not consulted Norton on nominations. Presidents Clinton and Obama extended Norton the courtesy to recommend these officials in the same manner as Democratic senators, and all of Norton’s recommendations were D.C. residents or committed to residing in the District during their terms.

Sen. Crapo on Judge Nye vote pending in panel
(Republican - Idaho) 06/11/17
Idaho Judge David Nye’s nomination to be the state’s next federal district judge is on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, and it appears a committee vote is likely. Nye already won unanimous approval from the committee after a hearing in June of 2016, but the nomination never came up for a vote in the full Senate. Last month, at the urging of Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, President Trump re-nominated Nye. Idaho has been down to just one active federal district judge since longtime Judge Edward Lodge took senior status on July 3, 2015. The federal court system has declared a judicial emergency in Idaho due to the shortage of judges, and visiting judges have been brought in from other states to hear cases. Lindsay Nothern, Crapo’s press secretary, said he expects a voice vote in the committee to approve Nye. “He’s been through the process before. We do expect his nomination to move forward,” Nothern said. Crapo and Risch negotiated with the Obama Administration for a year and a half before settling on Nye as a nominee acceptable to both President Obama, a Democrat, and the two Idaho senators, both Republicans. The long process included considering and rejecting dozens of other possible nominees.

Sens. Carper and Coons Move on Federal Court Vacancies
(Democrat - Delaware) 06/09/17
As Delaware's Democratic senators move ahead with a bipartisan committee to vet potential candidates for two openings on the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the White House has not initiated a formal process for reviewing applicants, sources said this week. A spokeswoman for Sen. Tom Carper confirmed Wednesday that the state's senior senator had sent letters to a roster of attorneys who had expressed interest in filling the seats being vacated by District Court Judges Sue L. Robinson and Gregory M. Sleet, asking the applicants to confirm their interest in the positions.... The spokeswoman, Katie Wilson, described the correspondence as a "joint effort" by Carper and Sen. Chris Coons—who sits on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee—to elicit more information before bringing applicants in for interviews with the committee, which is modeled off of Delaware's system for vetting judicial nominees at the state-court level. According to sources, potential candidates were also asked to fill out a formal questionnaire that the Judiciary Committee uses to review applicants for federal judgeships. A timeline for the review process was not immediately clear, but Wilson said the senators hope to "move expeditiously."