WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed one of President Barack Obama's nominees to be a federal judge in Nebraska.
The 90-0 vote for Nebraska lawyer Robert Rossiter Jr. to a lifetime federal appointment may be one of the last confirmation votes this year. The Senate generally halts approval of judges nominated by a president of the opposing party in the later months of a chief executive's final year in office.
Though appointed by Obama, Rossiter was chosen by Nebraska's Republican senators. Sen. Deb Fischer and Sen. Mike Johanns, now retired, recommended him to Obama before the president appointed him a year ago.
He also has the support of Johanns' replacement, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse.
Rossiter is a partner at the Omaha firm Fraser Stryker, where he specializes in labor and employment issues.
More than 40 of Obama's nominees to district courts — plus seven to the federal appeals court — remain in limbo, as does the president's choice of Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy created by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February. Republicans have said they won't move on Garland's nomination, arguing the next president should choose the high court nominee.
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