NEW YORK, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The Senate on Monday approved
six nominees to fill judicial vacancies, addressing a backlog
of 27 judicial nominees that were pending before the chamber.
Senate Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement on
September 26 to vote on up to ten judicial nominees in the
coming weeks. In addition to the six who received votes
yesterday, the Senate will vote on four others on or after
Before Monday's vote, the chamber had voted on three
nominees since it returned from its summer recess. It approved
Bernice Donald for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals,
confirmed John Ross to be a district court judge in Missouri
and Timothy Cain as a district court judge in South Carolina
There are more than 90 vacancies for judges in the federal
President Barack Obama, whose nominees to fill
those vacancies must be approved Senate, has been less
successful than his predecessor in shepherding his choices
through the chamber.
The six nominees were confirmed without controversy on
Monday. The Senate confirmed Henry Floyd to the Fourth CircuitCourt of Appeals by a vote of 96 to 0. Floyd had served as a
federal district court judge in South Carolina and was
appointed by President George W. Bush.
Five district court nominees, William Kuntz for the EasternDistrict of New York, Nannette Brown for the Eastern District
of Louisiana, Nancy Torresen for the Eastern District of Maine,
Marina Marmolejo for the Southern District of Texas, and
Jennifer Zipps for the District of Arizona, were approved by
voice vote on Monday.
Zipps will fill the vacancy created after the fatal
shooting of U.S. District Judge John Roll in January.
(Reporting by Carlyn Kolker)
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