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A New Federal Judge for Nebraska
(Republican - Nebraska) 07/06/16
Weekly Column By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer: "Ninety to nothing. It’s a rare moment when the U.S. Senate votes unanimously to approve a judicial nominee. I am proud that it did so for the confirmation of Omaha attorney Bob Rossiter to serve on the federal bench in Nebraska.... The court also has a small bench, but a heavy docket. ... President Obama formally nominated Mr. Rossiter on June 11, 2015."

Sen. Crapo's spokesman on Idaho district judge nominee on agenda for Judiciary Committee
(Republican - Idaho) 07/05/16
The nomination of Idaho Judge David Nye to be the state’s next U.S. District Judge is on the agenda for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s meeting this Thursday. However, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee a vote on Thursday; the committee’s rules allow any new business appearing on the agenda for the first time to be held over for a week, and that’s often been the case with nominations. “We’re just hoping for a vote as soon as possible,” said Lindsay Nothern, spokesman for Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo. “He’s been before the committee, things seemed to go well. So we’re just hoping. … Sometimes these things can be done relatively quickly … if there’s no opposition.”

Sen. Flake on Merrick Garland Supreme Court nomination
(Republican - Arizona) 06/30/16
Flake, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is open to holding a vote for Garland if it starts to get close to November and Donald Trump still looks like he won't win the presidency. "Obviously if we lose the election and lose the White House, then we ought to move quickly to confirm [Garland]," the Republican senator told Business Insider. "And I think if it becomes apparent that we aren't going to win the White House — if we know in October that it's not good — then we've got to move forward at that point." "But I don't think my view is shared by too many of my colleagues," he continued. "Or enough of my colleagues to do it."

Senate Confirms Rossiter to Nebraska Federal Bench; Sen. Fischer Praises Senate Vote Unanimously Confirming Rossiter as Federal Judge for District of Nebraska
(Republican - Nebraska) 06/27/16
Senator Fischer released the following statement: “I am thrilled to congratulate Bob Rossiter on his confirmation to the federal bench in Nebraska. As a federal judge, Rossiter will serve Nebraska with integrity, professionalism, and dedication to the rule of law. I wish him all the best during his service to our state and our nation.” ... on October 29, 2015, the committee voted to approve his nomination and send it to the full Senate for consideration.

Sen. Fischer Floor Statement in strong support of district court nominee
(Republican - Nebraska) 06/27/16
"I rise to speak in strong support of Bob Rossiter, who has been nominated to fill the vacancy on Nebraska's Federal district court. The Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Bob Rossiter without objection last October .... With only three judgeships, Nebraska's Federal district bench is relatively small. ... It also has one of the busiest dockets in the country. For example, during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2016, Nebraska had the most per-judgeship weighted filings among the eight States that have only three authorized judgeships in a single Federal district. With a small bench and a full docket, it is important that Nebraska's Federal district court operate at full capacity."

Sen. Inhofe Statement on Courts Blocking Obama’s Executive Amnesty
(Republican - Oklahoma) 06/23/16
“The divided ruling from SCOTUS underscores the need for the balance of the court to be decided by the next president and by a Republican. President Obama is eager to stack the highest court to uphold not only this illegal executive action, but the many more that have been or are being challenged in the courts. This election is not just about the next four years, but about the next generation of Americans and our way of life.”

Republican Senators from 16 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, FL, ID, IN, KS, LA; NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (June 22, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 06/22/16

Senators Crapo and Risch Introduce Judge David Nye [Video]
(Republican - Idaho) 06/21/16
On Tuesday, June 21, Senators Crapo and Risch introduced Sixth District Judge David Nye of Pocatello, to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Nye has been nominated to be Idaho’s next U.S. District Court judge.

Sens. Crapo and Risch on Floor time for Idaho district court nominee
(Republican - Idaho) 06/21/16
The Judiciary Committee didn’t vote on Tuesday. After it does, Crapo and Risch will work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office to schedule floor time for Nye, said Risch spokeswoman Suzanne Wrasse. Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern said he hopes Nye is confirmed before the Senate recesses in mid-July, and Graham gave no indication any of the nominees who appeared before the committee Tuesday would get held up. “I just think all three of you should be proud of your accomplishments,” he said. “I’ll do everything I can to move you through the process quickly.”

SEN. HOEVEN INTRODUCES JENNIFER PUHL AT SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING: Puhl Nominated For Seat on 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
(Republican - North Dakota) 06/21/16
Senator John Hoeven today introduced Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl, who has been nominated to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hoeven encouraged the committee to approve Puhl’s nomination and said she is well qualified for the position. “Jennifer Puhl is well qualified to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and we support her nomination,” said Hoeven. “As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she has focused on prosecuting crimes involving child exploitation, sex offender registration, human trafficking and crimes on the Indian reservations. Puhl has a reputation for being nonpartisan and enjoys broad support on both sides of the aisle. I encourage the committee to recommend her for confirmation to the 8th Circuit.”

ID Sens. on district court nominee & need to create new judgeship
(Republican - Idaho) 06/21/16
Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced Nye to the committee, highlighted his credentials and unanimous well-qualified rating from the American Bar Association, and urged the panel not only to swiftly approve his nomination, but also to consider their legislation to give Idaho a third federal district judgeship. “It’s been a while since Idaho senators have appeared before this committee,” Crapo said, “as Idaho is one of only three states having just two authorized district court judgeships. The nonpartisan Judicial Conference of the United States has declared a judicial emergency for Idaho and has recommended in every one of its reports to Congress since 2003 that Idaho be authorized for a third district court judgeship. Unfortunately, the last time Congress authorized any new judgeships, district judgeships, for any state was in 2002. So we just missed out.” “The result is that we have a three-judge caseload state being handled by two judges,” Crapo told the committee. “And since last July, when Judge (Edward) Lodge took senior status, creating the vacancy we are seeking to address today, we have been a three caseload state being handled by only one active judge.” “What’s even more challenging,” Crapo said, “is that our one remaining active judge, (Judge B. Lynn Winmill,) is eligible to take senior status this coming March. I look forward to working with the committee to pass the legislation that Sen. Risch and I have introduced, to authorize a third district court judgeship for Idaho, to prevent any such emergency from happening in the future. But first, I strongly encourage this committee to approve Judge Nye’s nomination as soon as possible, so that the people of Idaho can continue to be assured that they will be served by well-qualified judges.” Risch seconded that. “I know that things around here don’t move quickly, and I also know that they are governed by longstanding traditions, but Sen. Crapo and I have worked diligently to fill this seat,” he said. “As we all know, Idaho is a conservative state, and we have an administration that is not so much, and so the challenge was great. But I would say this: I would commend the White House for the way this was handled. We worked incredibly well with President Obama’s staff in the give-and-take that’s necessary to fill the spot. And we went through dozens and dozens of applicants to finally arrive at Judge Nye. And where we are right now is we have enthusiastic support from Sen. Crapo and myself and also from President Obama.”

Sens. Tim Scott & Lindsey Graham at Judiciary Committee hearing on South Carolina district court nominee
(Republican - South Carolina) 06/21/16
Sen. Scott: "I offer my endorsement of Mr. Coggins because we need qualified judges in our federal system and in my home state of South Carolina and Mr. Coggins certainly fits the bill.... and the American Bar Association has rated him unanimously well qualified for this position. It is my privilege today to endorse Mr. Coggins before this Committee." Sen. Graham: "I'd like to associate myself with those comments of Sen. Scott. We've got a good nominee on our hands here. ..." [and at end of hearing he chaired] "I will do everything I can to move you through the process quickly because we need more judges but more importantly we need good judges, and I think you will fit that bill."

Sens. Crapo, Risch, Deliver Nye Nomination to Senate Judiciary Committee: Idaho’s Senators Introduce Judge Nye to Senate Colleagues at Nomination Hearing
(Republican - Idaho) 06/21/16
The nominee, Idaho Sixth District Judge David C. Nye of Pocatello, was introduced by both Senators to their colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first step toward his confirmation. “I appreciate the opportunity to join Senator Risch in offering our enthusiastic support for Judge David Nye on his nomination to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Idaho,” said Crapo during his introduction of Nye. “I strongly encourage this committee to approve Judge Nye’s nomination as soon as possible so that the people of Idaho can continue to be assured that they will be served by well qualified judges.” “I want to underscore the necessity of moving Judge Nye’s nomination along,” said Risch. “I know things around here don’t move quickly, and I also know that they are governed by longstanding traditions, but Senator Crapo and I have worked diligently to attempt to fill this seat. We have enthusiastic support from Senator Crapo and myself, and also from President Obama. We would urge passage of this nomination as quickly as possible and I think you’ll be well pleased with Judge Nye when you hear him testify here.”... Both Crapo and Risch will continue to work with the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance Judge Nye’s nomination to the full Senate for confirmation.

Republican Senators from 16 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, FL, ID, IN, KS, LA; NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (June 20, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 06/20/16

Republican Senators from 16 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, FL, ID, IN, KS, LA; NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (June 17, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Iowa, Ohio, North Dakota, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 06/17/16

Sen. Hoeven on Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on North Dakota Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals nominee
(Republican - North Dakota) 06/17/16
Jennifer Klemetsrud Puhl, a federal prosecutor who has been nominated to a seat on the federal appeals court, will appear next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.... Both Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., support Puhl's nomination and will introduce her to the judiciary panel.... "(Hoeven) believes she's qualified and will be supporting her nomination," said the senator's spokesman, Don Canton, earlier this week.

Sen. Grassley hopes Floor vote on New Jersey and Nebraska judicial nominees very shortly
(Republican - Iowa) 06/16/16
"I would hope that we could very shortly we could vote on two judges on the Floor because I had to approve the hotline of them; because I would approve hotlining anytime people ask me to, according to the order they came out of the Committee, New Jersey and Nebraska. Hopefully we get them up on the Floor."

Sen. Ron Johnson on Judiciary Committee approval of Seventh Circuit nominee Don Schott
(Republican - Wisconsin) 06/16/16
President Obama nominated Schott in January after he received a majority vote from a special panel established by Wisconsin Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. Johnson objected to Obama's first 7th Circuit nominee in 2010, but earlier this year, he cleared the way for Schott's nomination to proceed. “I signed the blue slip recommending that the Judiciary Committee consider the nomination of Don Schott, which it reported out favorably today," Johnson said Thursday. "I congratulate Mr. Schott on his nomination’s progress.”

Sens. Coats, Donnelly Praise Senate Judiciary Committee Vote on U.S. District Court Nominee Winfield Ong
(Republican - Indiana) 06/16/16
Senators Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to approve Winfield D. Ong to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Ong’s nomination will now be sent to the full Senate for consideration. “I applaud the committee’s vote to approve the nomination of Winfield Ong,” said Coats. “Given the ongoing judicial emergency in the Southern District of Indiana, this vacancy needs to be filled. Winfield Ong’s qualifications and outstanding record of public service make him the right person for this important position.” “I am pleased the Senate Judiciary Committee moved Winfield Ong’s nomination forward to the full Senate,” said Donnelly. “He is an excellent nominee and has demonstrated he has the experience, ability, and temperament necessary to serve Hoosiers well on the federal bench. I urge the Senate to hold a confirmation vote on Winfield Ong as soon as possible.”

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley statement on judicial nominee hearings and confirmations at Committee business meeting
(Republican - Iowa) 06/16/16
"I think I want to do as much as I can to have hearings before a very loosely enforced and sometimes strictly enforced Leahy-Thurmond Rule kicks in so that the Committee is doing what we can do. When things come up on the Floor is somebody else's decision not mine....in 2014, 11 or 12 judges that went through in December ... so let's stop trying to predict the future; we don't know what the future is going to hold, and do what our job is, this is what I am doing."

Republican Senators from 16 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, FL, ID, IN, KS, LA; NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (June 16, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 06/16/16

ID Senators: Idaho Judicial Nominee Set for Hearing Next Week; Crapo, Risch will testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Judge Nye
(Republican - Idaho) 06/15/16
Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have secured a hearing for their selection of a new U.S. District Judge for Idaho. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday, June 21, on the nomination of Idaho District Judge David C. Nye of Pocatello to be Idaho’s next U.S. District Court judge. Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch will introduce Judge Nye when he appears before the committee next week. “I appreciate the Judiciary Committee recognizing and responding to Senator Risch and me by holding this hearing,” Crapo said. “Judge Nye’s combined experiences as a litigator and his service to Idaho’s state courts as a district judge make him extremely well-qualified to serve Idaho as our next federal district court judge. Judge Nye’s strong record of service shows Idaho will be well served by him joining the federal bench.” “After a long and very thorough process, Senator Crapo, the Obama Administration, and I agreed on Judge Nye to be considered as the next federal district court judge in Idaho,” said Risch. “Judge Nye is a sound and principled jurist and I look forward to this next step of the process as he sits before the Judiciary Committee.”

Sen. Rubio on Mary Barzee Flores district court nomination
(Republican - Florida) 06/08/16
“I have concerns about two of the answers she gave during her process through the JNC. They did not reflect the answers she later gave to the Judiciary Committee in their review of her, including her role in a particular case. And that right there is going to make it almost impossible for her to get confirmed,” Rubio said Monday ... “We have a judicial emergency in South Florida,” Rubio told WFTV’s Christopher Heath. “We cannot waste time with a nominee that is not going to get a vote with the committee and is not going to be approved.”

Sen. Hatch blocks Floor votes on four oldest district court nominees and then oldest
(Republican - Utah) 06/08/16
"I will certainly look at this and see what can be done, but at this present time, I object.... I have only been here 40 years, and this happens every time at the end. They have not been mistreated. The fact is that they have had more judges confirmed in 7 years than President Bush had in a full 8 years, and they are going to have more judges. But it is the majority leader's determination as to when those judges will come up and when they will be confirmed, and I think he has been doing it on a regular basis."

Sen. McConnell blocks Floor votes on 15 district court nominees the Judiciary Committee approved on voice votes
(Republican - Kentucky) 06/08/16
"[w]e continue to process judicial nominations, and we have done so even when a majority of the Republican conference did not support the nominee, as was the case with the district court nominee from Maryland, whom we confirmed before the recess.... We will continue to process his judicial nominations, but the minority is not going to dictate to the majority when and how we will do so."

Sen. Rubio clears 3 district court nominees, blocks hearing on fourth
(Republican - Florida) 06/02/16
Sen. Marco Rubio's office said today that he and Sen. Bill Nelson have submitted "blue slips" for three U.S. District Court nominees, advancing them toward confirmation. They are Judge Patricia D. Barksdale, for the Middle District of Florida; William F. Jung, Middle District of Florida; and Judge Philip R. Lammens, for the Northern District of Florida. Rubio continues to block Mary Barzee Flores for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. He had not explained his opposition but asked today, his office issued a statement. “Senator Rubio recently returned the blue slip for three judges to fill other vacancies throughout Florida, but he will not return the blue slip on Ms. Barzee Flores," spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said. "Florida has very busy federal courts and Senator Rubio would like to see judicial vacancies filled promptly with consensus picks who can be swiftly confirmed in a period of divided government. During the Obama administration, there has been an unfortunate trend toward the judiciary playing a more active role in policy-making, which is why Senator Rubio would rather see a judgeship remain vacant than to fill it with the wrong person for a lifetime."

Republican Senators from 16 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, FL, ID, IN, KS, LA; NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (June 2, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 06/02/16

Republican Senators from 15 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, ID, IN, KS, LA; NE, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (May 23, 2016)
(Republican - Colorado, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin) 05/23/16

OK Sens. applaud Judiciary Committee approval of two district court nominees
(Republican - Oklahoma) 05/19/16
Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, applauded the committee's decision to advance the nominees. "I am hopeful they will soon be serving the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma," Inhofe said Thursday. "Both have received a wide range of praise from Oklahoma leaders and their colleagues, and I fully expect both will soon continue to serve Oklahoma with honor in their new roles.” Lankford said, "I'm pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee has affirmed what Oklahomans already knew — Judge Mitchell and Mr. Palk will be solid judges on the U.S. District Court. I congratulate them on this important next step in the process. They are fair-minded nominees who will uphold the rule of law.”

Sen. Hatch Statement on Utahn Ron Russell's Committee Approval to District Court Seat
(Republican - Utah) 05/19/16
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Ronald Russell to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had introduced Russell to the committee in April and issued the following statement following his approval: “Even in this challenging political environment, senators on both sides of the aisle recognized that Ron’s experience, reputation, and character make him a nominee everyone can support. Ron is well known and well respected in the Utah legal community and will continue the tradition of excellence on the U.S. District Court in Utah.”