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Biden Nominates Five Judges to States With Republican Senators

2 November, 2023


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On Wednesday, the President of the US, Joe Biden, went on to nominate new district judges in the regions of South Carolina and Florida. The nomination of these 5 judges comes as a step toward the White House trying to fill in vacancies. 

It is of importance that these vacancies of the bench are in states that have Republican senators.

There are currently a total of 61 judicial vacancies on the national front. There seem to be no nominees pending. A notable of two-thirds portions of these vacancies stand in states that have Republican senators. 

This little detail is of particular importance because the Republican senators can block nominees as Biden appointed them without their recommendation or support.

The nominees are Melissa Damian, Jacqueline Becerra, and David Leibowitz. These are for the District of Florida, Southern parts. 

Whereas Jacquelyn Austin is the nomination for South Carolina, and Julie Sneed for the District of Florida, Middle parts.

All of these nominations are for the states that have two Republican senators. Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio from Florida. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. 

The Biden administration expects their support. Judge Rubio has even called the Florida nominations “long overdue.” “I urge the Senate to move quickly in filling these vacancies,” Rubio said in a statement.

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