Growing District Court Vacancies, and More from CRS
The number of vacancies in U.S. district courts around the country increased by a hefty 71% from the beginning of the Obama Administration (when there were 41 vacancies) until June 1 of the Administration’s eighth year (when there were 70 vacancies), according to a new analysis from the Congressional Research Service.
By contrast, the number of district court vacancies decreased in both the GW Bush and Clinton Administrations during comparable periods, CRS found. See U.S. District Court Vacancies: Overview and Comparative Analysis, CRS Insight, June 15, 2016.
However, the number of circuit court vacancies during the Obama Administration did decrease from 13 in January 2009 to 9 in June 2016, a separate CRS analysis found. See U.S. Circuit Court Vacancies: Overview and Comparative Analysis, CRS Insight, June 15, 2016.
Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service last week include the following.
The governor of Florida asked President Obama to declare an emergency under the Stafford Act in response to the June 12 Orlando shooting. “The governor’s request is the first instance of [such] a request being made for a mass shooting event,” CRS said. See Stafford Act Assistance and Acts of Terrorism, CRS Insight, June 15, 2016.
Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting: Gun Checks and Terrorist Watchlists, CRS Insight, June 16, 2016
Declining Dynamism in the U.S. Labor Market, CRS Insight, June 15, 2016
North American Leaders’ Summit, CRS Insight, June 16, 2016
Judiciary Appropriations, FY2017, June 16, 2016
Trends in Child Care Spending from the CCDF and TANF, June 16, 2016
1st Circuit Green Lights Suit against Mobile App for Violating Video Privacy Law, CRS Legal Sidebar, June 16, 2016
Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 114th Congress, updated June 15, 2016
Navy Ship Names: Background for Congress, updated June 16, 2016
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