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Senator Ernst Introduces Iowa Federal District Court Nominees
(Republican - Iowa) 10/21/15
"It is my privilege today to introduce two superb nominees for the federal bench in Iowa – Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger and Judge Leonard Terry Strand. ... I am honored to support them for these positions, and I look forward to what I hope will be a speedy approval of their nominations."

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley Statement at Hearing on four judicial nominees
(Republican - Iowa) 10/21/15
" I must say in my humble opinion Judges Strand and Ebinger are two of the best judicial candidates President Obama has nominated during his Presidency. ... I set up a Judicial Selection Commission ... the Commission sent their recommendations to me. In consultation with Senator Ernst, I was proud to recommend Judges Strand and Ebinger ... I also want to take this opportunity to thank the President and his staff, including the White House counsel, for working with me to move these nominations forward. This is how our constitutional process of advice and consent is designed to work."

Sen. Grassley: The State of Judicial Nominations
(Republican - Iowa) 10/20/15
"My colleagues on the other side of the aisle would have you believe there is a vacancy crisis in this country. There is no vacancy crisis. ... As I have said before, the Senate Judiciary Committee is moving at the same pace this year that it did under the Democrat control in 2007 during the last two years of President Bush’s presidency. ... Furthermore, with respect to those judges on the executive calendar, everyone knows that at the end of last year the Senate rammed through 11 judges, which under regular order, should have been considered at the beginning of this Congress. That is what happened in 2006"

Sen. Grassley: The State of Judicial Nominations
(Republican - Iowa) 10/20/15
"There is no vacancy crisis.... Furthermore, with respect to those judges on the executive calendar, everyone knows that at the end of last year the Senate rammed through 11 judges, which under regular order, should have been considered at the beginning of this Congress. That is what happened in 2006, when 13 nominations were returned to the President and then renominated in 2007. Had we been able to consider those nominees this year under regular order, the Senate would have confirmed more judges this year."

Sen. Grassley: Iowa Federal Judicial Nominees to have Hearing Next Week
(Republican - Iowa) 10/14/15
“Both Judge Strand and Judge Ebinger have impeccable credentials and have been through a rigorous application process, by both my commission and the White House. I appreciate the White House working with me to move these outstanding Iowans forward,” Grassley said. “I look forward to seeing both nominees next week before my committee.” Grassley recommended Strand and Ebinger to the White House after an extensive effort by a Judicial Selection Commission that Grassley formed after two judges announced their intention to take senior status.

Sen. John Cornyn responds to editorial
(Republican - Texas) 10/05/15
"Re: “Senators Dragging Feet — Cornyn, Cruz must step up pace on bench vacancies,” Tuesday Editorials. The editorial addressing federal judicial vacancies in Texas glossed over the bipartisan work being done on this important issue....I have been working with the Obama administration to ensure vacancies are filled as soon as they arise."

Sen. Tillis supportive of Neals, Martinotti, Stanton and Rossiter judicial nominations
(Republican - North Carolina) 09/30/15
Sen. Thom Tillis, a South Carolina Republican who chaired most of the hearing, sounded supportive at the end. “I, for one, look forward to supporting the nominees,” he said.

Sen. Sasse Statement on Confirmation Hearing for Robert Rossiter
(Republican - Nebraska) 09/30/15
"Nebraskans are grateful for Senator Fischer’s commitment to our state and faithful leadership to ensure Judge Rossiter's nomination. I'm also thankful that Chairman Grassley and the Judiciary Committee are considering his nomination in a timely manner. Judge Rossiter is an honest and dutiful Nebraskan with a charge to uphold the rule of law impartially and fairly. I am certain his nomination will receive strong bipartisan support."

Sen. Alexander: Lifelong Memphian Ed Stanton Is “Fair, Impartial…a Rising Star”
(Republican - Tennessee) 09/30/15
“People who know Memphis know that for some time now Ed Stanton has been considered to be a rising star. Ed is a lifelong Memphian with solid legal experience that spans both the public and private sectors, and I know he’ll do his best to serve West Tennesseans in a fair and impartial manner. I urge the committee to support his nomination and the Senate to speedily confirm him.”

SEN. CORKER INTRODUCES STANTON AT SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NOMINATION HEARING: hopes Stanton will be confirmed as judge "very, very soon"
(Republican - Tennessee) 09/30/15
"It’s my pleasure to introduce Edward Stanton III, nominee for the U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. ... I hope that he will be confirmed very, very soon."

Sen. Grassley on NE, TN & 2 NJ district court nominee hearing
(Republican - Iowa) 09/30/15
Omaha attorney Robert Rossiter Jr. was one of four U.S. district judge nominees to receive a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “For a month, these four people have been thoroughly investigated by our staffs, and they advanced because there’s not really any problems,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told visiting Nebraskans later in the day.

Sens. Corker & Alexander on three pending TN federal judicial nominees
(Republican - Tennessee) 09/30/15
Corker said he believes Crenshaw and McDonough will be confirmed by the end of the year. He denied GOP lawmakers are engineering a slowdown. “There is a logjam, but there is no problem, nobody holding them up,” Corker said. Alexander said all three Tennessee nominees are well qualified. “We’ll do everything we can to urge the Senate to confirm them this year, if possible,” Alexander said. “These three aren’t controversial so I see no reason why they shouldn’t move through.”

Sen. Fischer Testifies at Senate Judiciary Hearing for Nebraska Federal Judge Nominee Bob Rossiter
(Republican - Nebraska) 09/30/15
"Nebraska’s federal bench is an example of efficiency and integrity. It also has one of the busiest dockets. During the 12-month period preceding September 2014, Nebraska had the most per-judgeship weighted filings among the eight states that have only three authorized judgeships and a single federal district. With a small bench and a full docket, it is important that this federal district court is operating at full capacity. Despite this fact, however, the judgeship that Bob has been nominated for has been vacant for more than a year. Because this court must be provided with the necessary resources to work efficiently, I was pleased to work with Senator Mike Johanns to select a highly qualified candidate for this important position.... I urge my colleagues to support Bob Rossiter’s nomination quickly so that he can put his outstanding intellect, skill, and judgement to work for the American people."

Cornyn: We’re filling judge seats
(Republican - Texas) 09/24/15
"I have been working with the Obama administration to fill these critical vacancies. Since President Obama took office, he has nominated and the Senate has confirmed 12 consensus nominees to fill judicial vacancies in Texas – six in the last year alone.... I was proud to recommend all of them and I’m working on more to come."

Sen. Shelby blames White House for lack of judges
(Republican - Alabama) 09/22/15
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, blamed the White House for the impasse. “I have negotiated in good faith to find nominees that will serve our state well,” Shelby said. “Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear to me that the White House is not interested in good-faith negotiations, which is why efforts to fill these judgeships have stalled.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley Statement on Committee voice vote for three judicial nominees
(Republican - Iowa) 09/17/15
"We also have three district court nominees on the agenda today: John Vazquez, District Judge for New Jersey; Mimi Wright, District Judge for Minnesota; and Paula Xinis, District Judge for Maryland. I believe we’re prepared to vote on the judges today, unless there’s any objection to doing so. Technically, they could be held over, but given that we’ve been unable to hold a couple of markups due to timing conflicts, I think it’s fair to report them out today."

Sen. Judiciary Chairman Grassley goals over next year include "get good judges"
(Republican - Iowa) 09/17/15
Asked about his other goals over the next year, Grassley replied, ... “legislatively: sentencing reform, patent trolling, prison reform, asset forfeiture, change some of the obstacles [to the] Freedom of Information Act. … Get good judges.”

Sen. Cornyn blocks Floor votes on three NY judicial nominees, citing failure to delay lame duck votes on 11 judges including 3 Cornyn urged be confirmed in lame duck
(Republican - Texas) 09/17/15
"[A]t the end of last year, during the lameduck session, our Democratic friends rammed through 11 Federal judges. Under regular order, these judges should have been considered at the beginning of this Congress. That is what happened in 2006 when 13 nominations were returned to the President. Had we not confirmed in the lameduck 11 judicial nominees during last year, we would roughly be on pace for judicial nominations this year compared to 2007. So we are working at the usual pace, and on behalf of Chairman Grassley, I object."

Grassley comments on nomination of Iowan to federal bench
(Republican - Iowa) 09/16/15
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after the White House nominated Judge Rebecca Ebinger to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Grassley recommended Ebinger and Judge Leonard Strand to the White House after an extensive effort by a Judicial Selection Commission that Grassley formed .... “The Southern District of Iowa will benefit greatly from Judge Ebinger’s background and expertise, and I have great confidence that she will serve with distinction. I appreciate the White House working with me to move her nomination forward. The five commissioners who made the recommendation to me, and spent hundreds of hours to vet dozens of very qualified candidates, deserve a lot of credit.”

Sen. Grassley statement on Iowa district court nominee
(Republican - Iowa) 09/15/15
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who recommended Ebinger in April, said he appreciated the White House working with him to move forward on this nomination. “The Southern District of Iowa will benefit greatly from Judge Ebinger’s background and expertise, and I have great confidence that she will serve with distinction,” Grassley said in a statement Tuesday. “The five commissioners who made the recommendation to me, and spent hundreds of hours to vet dozens of very qualified candidates, deserve a lot of credit.”

Interview of Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley's Chief Counsel, Nominations
(Republican - Iowa) 09/14/15
As nominations counsel for Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, it falls to Ted Lehman to ensure the panel's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made good on his vow — at the start of the 114th Congress in January — to thoroughly vet and move through the committee all consensus nominees that would come his way. Despite Democrats' charges that Republicans have been lackadaisical in filling executive and judicial vacancies, Lehman said the panel has been diligent. "My role ... is to work with the White House, the ranking [committee] member's staff — as well as other Senate staff — on the chairman's behalf as the committee does its due diligence," said Lehman, who's served on Grassley's staff since 2011.

Sen. Toomey on filling judicial vacancies
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 09/14/15
“And I will say I also work closely with Senator Casey whenever I can,” Toomey stated. “And one of the areas we work closely together regularly is filling vacancies on the federal bench. The fact is in the four and a half or so years since I have been in the Senate we have been able to recruit, vet, nominate, and confirm, fifteen men and women to the federal bench across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And, in that period of time, only California and New York can match or exceed those numbers.”

Sen. Cornyn Congratulates Judge Olvera on his Swearing-In
(Republican - Texas) 08/31/15
“Judge Olvera, an outstanding leader in his community, comes to the federal bench with years of experience, and I have great confidence that he will continue to serve the Rio Grande Valley and Texas honorably. I was proud to support Judge Olvera’s nomination in the Senate, and I congratulate him and his family on his swearing-in today.” Sen. Cornyn recommended Judge Olvera’s nomination to President Obama after he was screened by the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies.

Sens. Cornyn, Cruz Seek Applications for Texas Judgeships and U.S. Attorney Vacancies
(Republican - Texas) 08/31/15
Senators Cornyn and Cruz are accepting applications for two judicial and two U.S. Attorney vacancies in Texas. The Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee (FJEC), a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas, will review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations to the Senators. The judicial vacancies are in the Eastern (Tyler) and Southern (Brownsville) Districts. “Texans deserve able, fair, and independent prosecutors and judges, and I encourage all interested candidates to step forward and answer the call to serve their state so we can fill these openings as soon as possible,” said Sen. Cornyn. “The FJEC selection process ensures Texans have the best, most qualified judges and prosecutors defending their rights in court,” Sen. Cruz said. “Texas is blessed with many exceptional candidates with a deep respect for the rule of law, and I encourage them to pursue these important positions.”

Sen. Cornyn Letter to the Editor on Judicial Vacancies
(Republican - Texas) 08/28/15
"Ensuring federal courts in Texas have the best judges is vital, which is why I have been working with the Obama administration to fill these openings as they arise. Along with Sen. Ted Cruz, I have established the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas, to identify the most qualified candidates to help fill vacancies. Since President Obama took office, he has nominated and the Senate has confirmed 12 consensus nominees to fill judicial vacancies in Texas. I was proud to recommend all of them, including U.S. District Judge José Rolando Olvera Jr., who was just sworn in this week in Brownsville. Our bipartisan committee will soon begin accepting applications for vacancies in Brownsville and Tyler, too. As a former judge, I understand the importance of having high-caliber legal minds on the bench, and I will continue to work to ensure Texas has the best and brightest judges in these important posts."

Sen. Rubio continues to withhold blue slip for Mary Barzee Flores hearing
(Republican - Florida) 08/18/15
The vacancy in the Southern District [of Florida] has a pending nominee: former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mary Barzee Flores. Nominated by President Barack Obama on Feb. 26, Barzee Flores, now a shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, has waited nearly six months for a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing. The hearing can proceed only after U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio return so-called blue slips to the Senate Judiciary Committee confirming their support for home-state nominees. Nelson has returned the slip, but Rubio has not, Ferrulo said. "The Senate Judiciary Committee is still conducting a full review of the nominee's background and record," Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos said in an email Tuesday. "After that review is complete, Senator Rubio will determine how to proceed."

Sen. Crapo: Process to find replacement for Judge Lodge is 'proceeding'
(Republican - Idaho) 08/13/15
Asked how things are going on finding a replacement for U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, who took senior status July 3 but has been in a just-concluded terrorism trial ever since, with no replacement in sight, Sen. Mike Crapo told Eye on Boise, “They are proceeding.” Crapo said he’s heard the speculation that he and fellow Republican Sen. Jim Risch are stalling the process to wait until a newly elected Republican president can make the appointment. “That’s simply not true,” Crapo said. “We are working very aggressively and trying to move forward the process. The Senate advises and consents, the president nominates. We are in that process of advising and working with the White House.”

Sen. Gardner Announces Evaluation Committee to Fill Colorado Judgeship
(Republican - Colorado) 08/03/15
Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced a Judicial Evaluation Committee that will begin vetting applicants for an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Colorado. In April 2016, Judge Robert Blackburn will take senior status, creating a vacancy on the seven-judge bench. The number of judgeships on the court has remained the same for over 30 years, despite the state’s population growing by 65 percent and judicial workload steadily increasing. Now the court is one of the busiest in the country, with over 600 weighted cases per judgeship. Filling this vacancy quickly would keep the District Court fully staffed and at least maintain the status quo.... “I take my responsibility to recommend Colorado judicial nominees to the President seriously and there is particular urgency in filling this vacancy,” said Gardner. “I am confident that the members of the Committee, who are some of Colorado’s finest legal experts, will thoroughly review all applications and make careful recommendations based on each applicant’s merits and qualifications. I encourage Coloradans interested in serving on the District Court to submit an application, and I look forward to seeing the Committee’s recommendations.”