TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 11, 2014

Apparently exasperated with the slow progress of federal judicial nominations and other Senate business, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that the Senate would not recess until a confirmation vote had been held for Ninth Circuit Court nominee Michelle T. Friedland. “We’re not punting,” Reid said in response to questions about whether the vote on Friedland would be delayed until after a two-week Easter recess. But in the end, he agreed to let Senators depart, delaying the vote until after the break, Gavel Grab reports. An analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice found that recent changes to Senate rules have not resulted in the progress supporters had hoped for in filling court vacancies.