Gridlock personified. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate, already delaying Obama judicial nominations to the maximum extent possible, won’t confirm another appointee to a federal appellate court for the rest of President Obama’s term.
That means 19 months of no appointments to appellate court vacancies. From an interview with Hugh Hewitt:
“So far, the only judges we’ve confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican senators,” McConnell said. Asked if he expects that to be the case through 2016, McConnell said, “I think that’s highly likely, yeah.”
No, a Democratic majority Senate did NOT do the same thing to George W. Bush.
Judicial confirmations have already been moving at a snail’s pace this year. Republicans have only confirmed four district court nominees and no circuit court nominees.
For some context: President George W. Bush had to work with a Democratic Senate in his final two years in office. By this point in Bush’s seventh year, the Senate had confirmed 15 of his district court nominees and three circuit court nominees.