Bloomberg Law: Midterms Pressure Senate, Biden on Circuit Court Appointments
This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on June 29, 2022.
“At a bare minimum, they’ve got to fill all of the circuit court seats, and that’s not sort of how they’re tracking,” said Rakim Brooks, president of the Alliance for Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group.
Brooks said Senate Democrats should consider setting aside “some of the traditions around” judicial confirmations, including how many nominees the committee considers at once.
Instead of two circuit and three district nominees at confirmation hearings, Brooks suggested holding them with nominees who are highest priorities for the administration. The Judiciary Committee aide declined to address that suggestion but said the panel plans to continue with two circuit nominees at hearings held every two weeks when the Senate is in session.