Biden Desperate For Republicans Help

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( – The White House is attempting to win bipartisan support for its judicial nominees as the Democrats in the Judiciary Committee are having trouble getting candidates approved because of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) extended absence.

Thus far, the administration in their push for senators to identify potential candidates who could fill the judicial openings, have had chief of staff Jeff Zients and legislative affairs director Louisa Terrell talk with lawmakers to address the judicial openings within their states. The White House has also pointed out that recently there have been a number of candidates who have gained bipartisan support including District Court Judge Matthew Brookman, who is going to serve in Indiana, and Amanda Brailsford who would serve in a similar position in Idaho. Both of these judges were supported by the Senators in their state.

Last month the Judiciary Committee advanced seven nominees with bipartisan support, this is necessary as with Feinstein’s absence, the Democrats no longer have their 11-10 support. Feinstein has had a prolonged absence from the Senate due to health problems as she was recently hospitalized for shingles.

Biden has also nominated candidates to fill judicial vacancies in Texas and Louisiana in recent weeks. On Wednesday he also put forth nominees for federal judicial vacancies in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.

If confirmed, Judge Loren L. AliKhan will become the first South Asian woman to serve on the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, while Susan K. DeClercq will be the first federal judge of East Asian descent in Michigan.

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