“Today’s vote is an important step toward ending the Democrats’ weaponization of Senate procedure. The cloture process, once a tool to enable orderly debate, is now being abused to create gridlock even over nominees with unanimous support. In 2013 a majority of both parties agreed to limit unnecessary post-cloture debate; it’s time for the same broad coalition to help get the Senate working again.”
By the numbers:
When President Trump entered office, there were 108 judicial vacancies. Today, there are 180 current and known future judicial vacancies.
- 27 for Courts of Appeals (12 pending nominees)
- 153 District/Specialty Courts (60 pending nominees)
- 35 judicial nominees are awaiting floor votes
- 33 judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Senate in the past 15 month
- In August 2017, JCN launched a six-figure ad campaign calling for #GridlockReform
- Examples: A number of nominees including David Nye, Scott Palk, William Campbell Jr., Walter David Counts III. and Donald Coggins Jr. had previously been nominated by President Obama and were re-nominated by President Trump. Democrats nonetheless required cloture on these uncontroversial nominees, four of whom were ultimately confirmed unanimously.
|Nominee||District||Judicial Emergency?||Cloture Vote Date||Cloture Vote Outcome||Confirmation Vote Date||Confirmation Vote Outcome||Nomination Debated on Senate Floor|
|David Nye||D. Idaho||Yes||7/10/2017 17:59||97-0||7/12/2017 12:27||100-0||7/10/17, 7/11/17|
|Scott L. Palk||W.D. Oklahoma||No||10/25/2017 10:31||79-18||10/26/2017 12:03||79-16||10/25/17, 10/26/17|
|William Campbell Jr.||M.D. Tenn.||Yes||1/8/2018 17:32||89-1||1/9/2018 14:17||97-0||1/8/2018, 1/9/18|
|Walter David Counts III||W.D. Texas||Yes||1/11/2018 12:41||90-1||1/11/2018 13:37||96-0||1/4/11, 1/11/18|
|Donald C. Coggins Jr.||D. SC||Yes||11/16/2017 12:34||96-1||11/16/2017 13:48||96-0||1/16/2018|