Senate Judiciary Committee Reports Judicial Nominations, U.S. Attorneys

WASHINGTON – At its first business meeting since the confirmation of Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday reported six nominations, including two judicial nominations, to the full Senate for consideration.

The nominations of Beverly Baldwin Martin to the Eleventh Circuit and Jeffrey Viken to the District of South Dakota were first considered at a hearing on July 29.  Their nominations were reported by the Committee along with four U.S. Attorney nominees, including Peter Neronha for the District of Rhode Island, Daniel Bogden for the District of Nevada, Dennis Burke for the District of Arizona, and Neil MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“We must do much better considering judicial nominations,” said Leahy.  “The Senate has not confirmed a single one of President Obama’s 16 nominations for appointments to lower federal courts.  I hope the Senate will leave partisan politics aside and work to fill the growing number of vacancies on our federal courts.”

In June, the Judiciary Committee reported three circuit court nominations to the full Senate for consideration, but the confirmation of the nominees has been stalled.  The Senate has confirmed five U.S. Attorney nominees, and the four nominations reported by the Judiciary Committee Thursday will join two additional U.S. Attorney nominees pending on the Senate’s executive calendar.

On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider four judicial nominations, including a circuit court nomination.  The Committee also considered the nomination of Ignacia Moreno to be an Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice.

Sixteen nominations reported by the Judiciary Committee remain pending on the Senate’s executive calendar, including five judicial nominations.  Information on executive and judicial nominations pending in the Judiciary Committee is available online.

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