According to Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, as of today (May 16, 2018):
- There are 147 federal judicial vacancies out of 890 authorized federal judgeships.
- These vacancies include 15 circuit court vacancies and 124 district court vacancies.
- Of them, 72, or nearly half, are deemed "judicial emergencies."
So far, during the Trump Administration:
- The White House has 73 judicial nominations currently pending at various stages in the Senate.
- Since President Trump has taken office, the Senate has confirmed: 1 Supreme Court justice, 21 circuit court judges, and 17 district judges (note: link is missing the two most recent circuit court judge confirmation from earlier this week (Carson & Nalbandian).
In the Senate, currently:
- Per Ed Whelan in National Review: 1 circuit judicial nominee is pending on the Senate floor, 2 nominees are waiting to be reported out of committee, and 7 are awaiting a confirmation hearing.
- As for district court nominees: 32 nominees are pending on the Senate floor and 40 nominees are pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats' obstruction tactics have slowed the process:
- On average, it has taken 84 days to confirm a Trump nominee (both judicial and executive positions); which is longer than it did under Obama, G.W. Bush, Clinton, or G.H.W. Bush, according to the Partnership for Public Service.
- Senate Democrats are using Senate procedures to delay confirmation votes, routinely forcing cloture votes and 30-hour post-cloture debate time. At this rate, it would take President Trump more than 9 years to confirm all his nominees.
The RNLA will continue to regularly highlight and keep our members posted on developments in the Senate related to judicial nominations and confirmations.