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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
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.
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.