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The over­haul of the Sen­ate’s fil­i­bus­ter rules was prompt­ed, sur­pris­ing­ly, by an ar­gu­ment about ju­di­cial pro­duc­tiv­ity. Re­pub­li­cans said Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s nom­i­nees to three open seats on a fed­eral ap­peals court in Wash­ing­ton were not need­ed be­cause the court does not have enough to do. But try­ing to quan­ti­fy the work­load of the court, the Unit­ed States Court of Ap­peals for the Dis­trict of Co­lum­bia Cir­cuit, “is a sta­tis­ti­cal food fight,” said Rus­sell Wheel­er, an ex­pert on the fed­eral courts at the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion. The re­al is­sue, he said, was “the ideo­log­i­cal bal­ance of the court.” The court’s eight cur­rent ac­tive judges are even­ly di­vided be­tween Re­pub­li­can and De­mo­c­ra­t­ic ap­pointees. If Mr. Oba­ma’s pend­ing ap­point­ments are con­firmed un­der the new rules, which end the mi­nor­ity par­ty’s abil­i­ty to fil­i­bus­ter most pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees, that bal­ance will change. But the court al­so has six semi­retired judges, five of whom were ap­point­ed by Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dents. Their work­loads vary, but on av­er­age they col­lec­tive­ly han­dle the work of rough­ly three ac­tive judges, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter in Ju­ly from Chief Judge Mer­rick B. Gar­land to the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.
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jesus. took long enough. we can actually do things now.
4 years ago·Reply
Well we can get federal judges in office finally!
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