Expect the GOP Senate to Approve Donald Trump’s Judicial Appointments
US President Elect Donald Trump will be able to reshape the federal judicial system by filling an estimated 103 court vacancies.
That number, which does not include the opening on the US Supreme Court, is almost 2X the 54 open judicial openings President Barack Hussein Obama was faced with when he took over 8 years ago.
Once the GOP took control of the Senate in Y 2015, confirmation of Mr. Obama’s judicial nominees slowed.
Now, incoming Republican President Donald Trump will be able to make lifetime appointments to the bench, such appointments will decide on many issues including state gun control laws, abortion restrictions, voter registration and immigration.
“I’m optimistic he’ll come at this right out of the gate,” said the chief counsel and policy director of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network.
“Every president can expect to make a huge impact. Donald Trump is unique in having campaigned really hard on this issue — the significance of the courts, and of the Supreme Court in particular.”
Notably, the Republican Senate set a modern day record for the fewest confirmations of the lifetime judicial appointees. The Senate confirmed only 20 of Mr. Obama judicial appointments to district and appeals courts in the past 2 years, the lowest number in the past 28 years, according to the data.
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