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Boxer Statement on Republicans Blocking Vote on California Judicial Nominees
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today expressed her disappointment about Senate Republicans blocking confirmation votes on four judicial nominees from California – Professor Goodwin Liu for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District of California, Judge Edward Davila for the Northern District of California and Judge Anthony Battaglia for the Southern District of California.
Senator Boxer said, “Each of these nominees is highly qualified to serve on the federal bench, but Republican obstructionism has denied them an up-or-down vote on their nomination. Not only are these delays unprecedented, but the shortage of judges on the bench creates roadblocks for Californians who are seeking their day in court. We cannot rest until these nominees are confirmed.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved each of the four California nominees. Three of them – Professor Liu, Judge Chen and Judge Davila – have been nominated for seats that are designated a judicial emergency by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
According to the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Obama’s judicial nominees have waited significantly longer than President George W. Bush’s nominees for confirmation after being reported out of the Judiciary Committee.
President Obama’s district court nominees have waited an average of 86 days for confirmation after being voted out of the Judiciary Committee. During his first two years, President Bush’s district court nominees waited an average of 25 days for confirmation following approval by the Judiciary Committee.
During the past two years, President Obama has sent 103 judicial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. As of today, only 60 of these nominations have been considered and confirmed – just over 58 percent.
President George W. Bush sent 130 judicial nominees to the Senate in his first two years. The Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported 100 judicial nominations, and all 100 nominees were confirmed by the end of 2002, including nominees who were reported during the lame duck session.