One of the greatest gifts that PDJT will bless us with before he finishes his first term is the number of Judges that will be placed on Federal Benches throughout our country.
In his first two years 85 Judges were confirmed.
The current Judicial Vacancy count is 144. The breakdown is as follows:
- 13 … Circuit Court Judges
- 129 … District Court Judges
- 2 … International Trade Judges
In the link below you will be able to view where each vacancy currently exists.
The White House has already nominated 70 Judges. The new Judiciary Committee under Chairman Graham will begin to process each for confirmation by the full Senate. The White House will continue to announce new nominations on a rolling basis.
The fact that we now have 53 Republican Senators is HUGE for two reasons.
1) The composition of the Judiciary Committee is now 11 Republicans versus 9 Democrats. The prior Committee was made up of 11 Republicans versus 10 Democrats.
In the previous Committee, if a Republican decided to vote with the Democrats on a nominee (BYE BYE Jeff Flake), they would prevent the nominee from reaching the Senate floor to be confirmed by the entire Senate.
The same scenario described above would now require 2 Republican Senators to vote with the Democrats to prevent a nominee from reaching the Senate floor to be confirmed.
Three new Republicans have been selected to be on the Judiciary Committee. They are Marsha Blackburn (TN), Joni Ernst (IA) and Josh Hawley (MO). They replace Chuck Grassley (IA), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Orrin Hatch (UT).
Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst will be the first two Republican women to serve on the Judiciary Committee.
From the article linked above:
The Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time will have Republican women serve on the panel, a new report says.
The move comes after the committee came under scrutiny last fall during the confirmation proceedings for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct. Committee Republicans hired a female attorney to help question Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
2) With 53 Republicans, Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) will no longer be able to prevent a Judge from being confirmed. Don’t worry about Ben Sasse (NE) since he has voted 100% for all Judicial nominees that our President has put in front of him. Plus he is up for reelection in 2020.
It will take 4 Republicans to kill a Judicial nominee. I don’t see that happening. Even Mitt Romney (UT) realizes this isn’t an area that he wants to plant his “resistance” flag in.
Once all 144 vacancies are filled, PDJT will have placed a total of 229 Federal Judges.
That number is a minimum since more vacancies will occur over the next two years.
Some Judges will retire while others will be taken from this Earth 😇