Senate Completes Confirmation Of Appellate Court Judges   Leave a comment

Remember that fight a few months back over filibuster reform in the Senate, reform that took place as a result of the filibusters of three D.C. Circuit nominees? Well, the third of those nominees was confirmed earlier today, thus ending that particular saga…

The Senate confirmed one of President Barack Obama’s key judicial nominees on Monday, completing an overhaul of the country’s second most powerful court into one dominated by Democratic-appointed judges.

The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That gives Democratic appointees a 7-4 majority on the politically influential bench. The D.C. Circuit, second in clout only to the Supreme Court, hears appeals of White House actions and federal rules and regulations.

Wilkins’ confirmation is a fresh demonstration of Senate Democrats’ ability to push through most presidential nominations by a simple majority, thanks to a weakening of filibusters that they muscled through the chamber in November.(AP-Yahoo News)

For what its’ worth, I still think the Senate didn’t go far enough on filibuster reform but this is a start.

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