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Sens. Inhofe, Lankford Announce Judicial Nominees for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
(Republican - Oklahoma) 12/16/15
“I’m pleased that the White House has nominated Judge Suzanne Mitchell and Scott Palk to the U.S. Federal Court for the Western District, and I congratulate both nominees,” Inhofe said. “This nomination process for these seats has been unnecessarily long, and so I am pleased it has come to a conclusion with two very capable nominees. I fully support their nominations because they have distinguished service in the public sector, valuable private sector experience, and the temperament to serve the state, the interest of justice, and the parties who appear in their courts.” “Both Judge Mitchell and Scott Palk are impressive nominees for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma,” Lankford said. “We look forward to their nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmation by the full Senate. Though I have had many disagreements with the White House, we agree that Judge Mitchell and Scott Palk are fair-minded and will uphold the strict rule of law. I am confident they will serve our state and nation well.”

Sen. Lee looks forward to "speedy confirmation" of Ronald G. Russell district court nomination
(Republican - Utah) 12/16/15
Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee recommended Russell....Lee added his strong endorsement: "This is a good day for the federal judiciary and for Utah. Ron is an extraordinary talent, and I look forward to a speedy confirmation so that he can get to work."

Sen. McConnell on judicial nominations
(Republican - Kentucky) 12/15/15
Sen. McConnell wouldn't say what he has planned for next year in an interview earlier Tuesday at Politico's Playbook Breakfast. "There isn't any particular official or unofficial cutoff date" for confirming judges, he said.

Restrepo: Sen. McConnell "happy to" [delay] "top priority for Sen. Toomey" [another month]
(Republican - Kentucky) 12/10/15
The Senate on Wednesday scheduled a vote for next month on Luis Felipe Restrepo’s long-pending nomination to fill a Third Circuit seat that has been vacant for more than two years ...Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Restrepo has been awaiting confirmation for more than a year since his November 2014 presidential nomination .... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proclaimed the Jan. 11 vote on the Senate floor Wednesday, saying the move was of great importance to Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., who has been accused of dragging his feet on Restrepo’s nomination after approving it in May. “Scheduling of a vote on this nomination has been a top priority for Sen. Toomey,” McConnell said. “We’re happy to do that just now.”

Sen. Risch on process to fill vacancy in one of two ID federal district court judgeships
(Republican - Idaho) 12/10/15
“The process is ongoing and not yet complete,” Risch’s spokeswoman Suzanne Wrasse wrote in an email. “The senator will have a comment once the White House makes a selection.”

Sen. Toomey looks forward to "prompt confirmation" of four Pennsylvania judicial nominees
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 12/09/15
"The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing to consider nominations for four Pennsylvania judicial candidates selected by President Obama to fill seats on the federal bench.... Toomey echoed Casey's sentiments and touted that since he has been working with Casey over the last five years, "we have been able to fill 15 vacancies on the bench in Pennsylvania." He added, "I'm particularly looking forward to a prompt confirmation for these four nominees.""

[Sen. Toomey] Casey, Toomey Statements on Confirmation Hearing for Four Candidates to U.S. District Courts of Pennsylvania
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 12/09/15
"I was pleased to speak on behalf of Judge Susan P. Baxter, Judge Robert J. Colville, Judge Marilyn J. Horan, and Judge John M. Younge at today's hearing," said Sen. Toomey. "These nominees possess a wealth of legal experience from their work in both the public and private sectors. I am confident that they have the acumen, integrity, and respect for the limited role of the judiciary that they need to excel as federal judges. As we have done over the years, I look forward to working with Sen. Casey on a bipartisan basis to have these outstanding nominees confirmed by the Senate."

Sen. Alexander Floor Statement Urging Vote for Judicial Nominee
(Republican - Tennessee) 12/07/15
"[I]n a few minutes we will be voting on the President's nominee to fill a vacancy in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Mr. McDonough is well known to me and is well known to my colleague, Senator Corker. ... He is a well-qualified man. We are fortunate that he is willing to serve, and we are fortunate the President nominated him. I urge my colleagues to vote for him."

Sen. Alexander on Senate Confirmation of McDonough as U.S. District Judge for Eastern District of Tennessee
(Republican - Tennessee) 12/07/15
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after voting to confirm Travis McDonough as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee: “Tennessee will be well-served by Travis McDonough. Travis is a man of good character and good temperament, and I am glad the Senate confirmed his nomination.” In July, Alexander, along with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced McDonough to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee when it met to consider his nomination. Today, the Senate confirmed McDonough to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee by a vote of 89 to 0.

Sen. McConnell spokesman on Restrepo nomination
(Republican - Kentucky) 12/07/15
McConnell is "well aware" of Restrepo's nomination "as Sen. Toomey has been constantly bending the leader's ear on this," wrote his spokesman Don Stewart. He did not say when a confirmation vote might be scheduled.

Sen. Corker Floor Statement Supporting Confirmation of Judicial Nominee
(Republican - Tennessee) 12/07/15
"I rise today to support the confirmation of a fellow Chattanoogan, Travis R. McDonough, who has been nominated to serve as U.S. district court judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. I have known Travis personally for many years, and I have full confidence that he will serve the people of Tennessee honorably if confirmed to the Federal bench. Travis is well known in Chattanooga as a civic leader and has earned broad respect in our community. ... We had a number of conversations, as you can imagine, during his confirmation process, and he has assured me he will be a fair and independent judge . I wholeheartedly support his nomination and encourage my colleagues to support his confirmation."

Sen. Toomey letter urges Sen. McConnell for Floor vote on Restrepo nomination "without delay"
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 12/07/15
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) urged Republican leaders Monday to schedule a vote on a long-delayed appellate court nominee from Philadelphia, a move Toomey's critics say is increasingly overdue. Toomey wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Monday morning asking for a final vote on Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo "without delay," pushing for confirmation of a judge nominated more than a year ago to fill an emergency vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - and who, for Democrats, has become a symbol of GOP obstruction. "I recognize that some of my colleagues have heartfelt concerns," about confirming Restrepo, Toomey wrote. "That said, I believe Judge Restrepo is an excellent, qualified nominee."

Sen. Majority Leader McConnell spokesperson on judicial nominee Floor votes and Restrepo nomination
(Republican - Kentucky) 12/04/15
A spokesman for McConnell, Don Stewart, said the Senate typically votes on district court nominees in between votes for circuit court nominees. "We're certainly aware of the Restrepo nomination as Sen. Toomey regularly raises it with the leader and is pushing for a vote," Stewart said in an email.

Toomey moves to fill 3 vacancies for [WD of PA] federal judge
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 12/02/15
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold confirmation hearings Dec. 9 for three people the president nominated in July as federal judges in Pittsburgh and Erie. Their hearings were on hold because Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, hadn't sent the committee “blue slips” indicating whether he approved of the nominations. The senator was waiting for the committee to finish background investigations on the nominees, said Toomey spokeswoman E.R. Anderson. She said Toomey “has spoken directly with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to emphasize the importance of getting these judges confirmed as soon as possible.”

Sen. Majority Leader McConnell on 15 judicial nominees awaiting Floor votes
(Republican - Kentucky) 11/25/15
"There's 15 on the calendar, and I don't have any control over the calendar," Mr. Grassley said in a brief hallway interview at the Capitol. "McConnell's got control over the calendar." "We have regular votes on judicial (and other) nominees. When the next one is scheduled, it will be announced," said an email from Donald Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican.

Sen. Grassley on 15 judicial nominees awaiting Floor votes
(Republican - Iowa) 11/25/15
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, says the Senate has been more than fair to Mr. Obama compared with the Bush years.... "There's 15 on the calendar, and I don't have any control over the calendar," Mr. Grassley said in a brief hallway interview at the Capitol. "McConnell's got control over the calendar."

Sen. Perdue only No in 93-1 vote to confirm judicial nominee despte serving on Judiciary Committee that approved the nominee on unopposed voice vote
(Republican - Georgia) 11/17/15
The Senate confirmed Hall by a 93-1 vote. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, cast the sole nay vote. Asked for an explanation of Perdue's vote, spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said, "after careful review of all the background materials submitted by the Department of Justice, Senator Perdue ultimately decided he could not support the nominee."

Sen. Toomey on blue slip to allow hearing for judicial nominee he recommended
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 11/11/15
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office is saying that he is not holding up the nomination to the federal court of Butler County Judge Marilyn Horan. Horan in July was nominated by President Barack Obama to take a vacancy on the federal bench in Pittsburgh. Once the president nominates a candidate, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins to do background investigations on that person. The investigation has begun, but Toomey has not submitted a “blue slip,” which is a blue sheet of paper that shows a senator’s support for the nominee. In this case, that is Horan. Before the Judiciary Committee forwards any nomination to be voted on the senate floor, it needs blue slips from both senators from the nominee’s home state. ... Horan will not have to be renominated until the end of 2016, and Toomey’s office is confident that the background work will be done before then. A statement provided by Toomey restated his support for Horan and said he “remains fully committed to getting her confirmed as soon as possible.”

Sen. Grassley: Senate Judiciary Committee Clears Iowa Federal Judicial Nominees
(Republican - Iowa) 11/05/15
Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that the committee cleared the Iowa nominees for the open judgeships in both of the state’s federal district courts. Judge Leonard Strand and Judge Rebecca Ebinger had been nominated by the President to fill federal judgeships on both the Northern and Southern District Courts of Iowa. The nominations must now be considered by the full Senate.

Prepared Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, Executive Business Meeting
(Republican - Iowa) 11/05/15
"I’m particularly pleased that Judge Ebinger and Judge Strand are before the Committee today. As I said during their Nominations hearing, these nominees are two of the best judicial candidates the President has nominated during his Presidency.... In consultation with Senator Ernst, I was proud to recommend Judges Strand and Ebinger to the White House and urge my colleagues to vote their nomination out of Committee today. I’d briefly note that the Committee has reviewed the updated information we received last week regarding Mr. Neals’ nomination. At this point, we’re comfortable moving him out of Committee."

Sen. Gardner Announces Judicial Evaluation Committee Recommendations
(Republican - Colorado) 11/03/15
[T]he committee recommended Magistrate Judge Kristen Louise Mix, Patrick O’Rourke, Regina Marie Rodriguez, and Samuel David Walker. “I appreciate the hard work done by the Judicial Evaluation Committee,” Gardner said. “They devoted countless hours to carefully reviewing applicants and interviewing finalists in order to ensure that Colorado has the most qualified legal mind possible on the federal bench. I look forward to reviewing their recommendations and making progress towards filling this vacancy.”

Sen. Fischer: Rossiter Nomination Approved by Judiciary Committee; Committee Passage is Final Hurdle Before Full Senate Vote
(Republican - Nebraska) 10/29/15
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement after this morning’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote in favor of advancing Robert Rossiter Jr.’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska: “I’m happy to see Mr. Rossiter advance to the next stage of the confirmation process, and I look forward to voting for him once his nomination reaches the Senate floor. I would also like to thank Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley for making this nomination a priority.” Following today’s vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Rossiter’s nomination will head to the Senate floor for a final vote, which is expected by the end of this year.

Sen. Marco Rubio Is Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee
(Republican - Florida) 10/28/15
Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos said the senator "takes very seriously" his role in confirming judges to the federal bench. "The Senate Judiciary Committee is still conducting a full review of the nominee’s background and record," Burgos said. "After that review is complete, Senator Rubio will make his own determination based on the committee’s review and his own further review."

Sen. Grassley: Senate Making Good Progress on Judicial Nominations
(Republican - Iowa) 10/26/15
"As I have said before, the Senate Judiciary Committee is moving at the same pace this year that it did under Democrat control in 2007 during the last two years of President Bush’s presidency."

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."