For a variety of reasons, from institutional lethargy to calculated tactical opposition, the rate at which the Obama Administration’s judicial nominees are confirmed by Congress has become painfully slow, to the detriment of the judicial system and the possibility of justice itself.
A new Congressional Research Service analysis of judicial nominations and confirmations since the 1980s found that the duration of the confirmation process is now extraordinarily long even in those cases when it concludes successfully.
“President Obama is the only one of the five most recent Presidents for whom, during his first term, both the average and median waiting time from nomination to confirmation for circuit and district court nominees was greater than half a calendar year (i.e., more than 182 days),” the CRS analysis determined.
Some other new or newly updated CRS reports that Congress has not made readily available to the public include the following.
Legislative Branch: FY2013 Appropriations, May 2, 2013
U.S. Household Savings for Retirement in 2010, April 30, 2013
Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress, May 1, 2013
The United Nations Human Rights Council: Issues for Congress, April 30, 2013
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