Obama: More Nominations, Fewer Confirmations

President Barack Obama has surpassed his predecessor, President George W. Bush, for nominations made to the federal bench at this point in his presidency, Gavel Grab reports. Obama has submitted 271 judicial nominations compared to 240 for Bush in a corresponding time period. Obama lags behind Bush for judges who have been confirmed however. The Senate has confirmed 76 percent of his nominees, putting 203 judges on the bench, compared to 90 percent and 215 judges for Bush.