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  •  Why we need filibuster reform - Federal Judges (12+ / 0-)
    Blocking nominees to the federal bench has increased in recent years, according to the Congressional Research Service.
    % of "uncontroversial" Circuit Court nominees waiting more than 200 days for confirmation:
    5.1%   Reagan
    7.3%   Bush I
    22.2% Clinton
    35.7% Bush II
    63.6% Obama

    http://blog.amjudges.org/...
    http://www.fas.org/...

    Obama has 19 nominees currently waiting 200+ days for Senate confirmation.

    http://www.uscourts.gov/...

    The ever-increasing delay in judicial confirmations creates a burden on the federal court system, causing heavier case loads and delays to justice.

    It is long past time for Obama's nominees to receive up or down votes by the Senate.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:52:17 AM PST

    •  agreed (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      I'm betting the R's were hoping that that Romney would have won so they wouldn't have had to fill those seats.

      Hoping we fill some of those seats now that we have the exec for another 4 years

      "If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democratic administrations you had $3.9M at the end" -Forbes Magazine

      by lordpet8 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:01:02 AM PST

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      •  Sure - that was the plan behind the delay (3+ / 0-)
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        lordpet8, MichaelNY, askew

        leave a bunch of open seats for RMoney to fill.

        But we are a month past the election, and the Senate has confirmed exactly ONE judicial nominee. ONE - while 19 others have waitied 200+ days for a vote.

        It's like they are just begging Harry Reid to reform Senate rules.

        Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

        by bear83 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:52:19 PM PST

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