The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:
Here’s another news item that threatens to get drowned out by Congress’ focus on impeachment: The Senate has now confirmed 170 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to federal courts.
The new total comes after the Senate confirmed eight new judges to federal courts over the past week, Senate Finance Chairman and former Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley noted on Twitter. One of those seats had been vacant for over a decade. Senate Judiciary Committee member Marsha Blackburn noted that the new total was because “we’re tending to business,” in contrast to the House’s focus on the impeachment process.
“This is huge for our country,” GOP Senator David Perdue said of the news. “These judges are defending and upholding the Constitution!”
But don’t expect that number to stay static for too long. The Senate is poised to vote on two Ninth Circuit nominations next week, and Trump pledged last month to bring the total to over 180 by year’s end.