Senate Democrats confirm Biden's 100th district judge, moving ahead of Trump's pace

 June 22, 2023

Senate Democrats confirmed their 100th district judge on Wednesday, with President Joe Biden outpacing former President Donald Trump in the area.

The 100th confirmation was Natasha Merle who was appointed to the Eastern District of New York.

The claim

“These jurists are bringing balance and impartiality to the courts. Equally as important as the numbers, we are seeing diverse nominees confirmed — in both their professional and demographic backgrounds,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat.

“The confirmations of highly qualified, diverse judges to lifetime appointments on the federal bench is one of this Senate’s great successes," he added.

The problem

"While it’s always important to focus on the Supreme Court, which of course can overturn lower court rulings, it’s also important to remember that not every case reaches the Supreme Court, and it’s crucial to have competent judges handling cases at earlier stages of litigation, whether their rulings are appealed or not," MSNBC reported.

"Progress on judges also raises the issue of blue slips, the practice of deferring to home-state senators on nominees," it added.

The move also shows the importance of every vote for Democrats to continue the process.

Republican obstruction

"Senate Republicans already blocked Democratic attempts to name a temporary replacement for Feinstein on the Judiciary Committee. While Sen. Feinstein was recovering from shingles, the committee was deadlocked and all Biden judicial nominees were temporarily blocked," Politicus USA noted.

"If Feinstein were to resign, it would take 60 votes to replace her on the Judiciary Committee. The odds of Mitch McConnell passing up a chance to block all of Biden’s judges for the next year and a half are zero," it added.

The problem is also increased by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) continuing to oppose Biden nominees, leaving a deadlock that requires Vice President Kamala Harris in any tiebreaker vote.

The situation is also key to the 2024 election as any shift in the Senate would lead to major changes in the judicial nomination process regardless of which president wins the next term in the next year.

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