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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AFJ report: Bold action by Senate Democrats reduces number of judicial vacancies to lowest in five years

But early stage Republican obstruction still delays justice as scores of judgeships remain vacant

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2014: Bold action by Senate Democrats has reduced the number of judicial vacancies to a five-year low, according to a new report from Alliance for Justice.  But even as President Obama has picked up the pace of nominations, and Senate rules reform and a commitment to moving confirmations have significantly reduced the backlog of nominees on the Senate floor, Republican obstruction continues at earlier stages in the process often hidden from public view, the report said.

AFJ’s State of the Judiciary report also found significant improvement in the professional diversity of judicial nominees sent to the Senate by President Obama in the months since AFJ issued a report and hosted a Capitol Hill forum on the topic.  

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