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Congress should fill judge vacancies during lame duck session

Congress should fill judge vacancies during lame duck session

On Monday, the Senate reconvened in Congress' lame duck session that began on November 15. The Senate has not approved a single federal judge since July 6, even though the bench currently experiences 96 circuit and district court vacancies (38 are "judicial emergencies"), and President Barack Obama has nominated 51 well qualified, mainstream candidates for the openings, 21 of whom the Judiciary Committee has approved without dissent. If the Senate confirms no one else, there will be more than 100 vacancies in 842 judgeships (13 percent) by January 20. Although Donald Trump won the presidency and the GOP retained its Senate majority, Republican and Democratic senators must...

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