05.16.13

SJC Sends Three Judicial Nominees To Full Senate

Nominee To D.C. Circuit Approved Unanimously

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved three judicial nominees, including two circuit court nominees and a total of two nominees who should have been sent to the full Senate last year.

Srikanth Srinivasan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was unanimously approved on a bipartisan 18-0 vote.  He was first nominated to the post by President Barack Obama nearly one year ago, and if confirmed, he would fill one of the four vacancies on the D.C. Circuit.

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) welcomed the Committee’s unanimous support of Srinivasan on Thursday, and called for the full Senate to quickly confirm the nomination.

“I am glad we are moving forward with this fine nominee in a bipartisan way,” Leahy said, adding: “But the D.C. Circuit has three additional vacancies, and I look forward to filling those as well.”

The Judiciary Committee on Thursday also approved on a 10-8 vote the nomination of Jennifer Dorsey, a Nevada district court nominee who has also been pending since last year.  Raymond Chen, nominated to serve on the Federal Circuit, was approved on a voice vote.  Following today’s action, twelve judicial nominees are now waiting full Senate consideration, including three who would fill emergency vacancies.

Following the Committee’s debate and votes on the three nominees, Members returned to consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.  Results and a webcast of Thursday’s executive business meeting can be found online

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