Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year now that they are no longer impeded by Republican blocking tactics.
That total would be the highest for any president in two decades.
Last year, Democrats made it harder for Republicans to derail Obama's nominations by weakening the Senate's rule on filibusters. So far this year, the chamber has approved 76 federal court of appeals and district court judges, all of them lifetime appointments.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to confirm a dozen more before adjournment later this week - votes he is pushing with the knowledge that the Republicans who control the Senate next year will be less accommodating.