The White House announced Wednesday afternoon President Trump has nominated a number of additional judges to sit on the federal bench. Here is the list:
-Steven J. Menashi of New York, to serve as Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
-Jodi W. Dishman of Oklahoma, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
-Karen S. Marston of Pennsylvania, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
-Richard E. Myers II of North Carolina, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
-Sarah E. Pitlyk of Missouri, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
The U.S. Senate is currently in August recess, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to get as many judges confirmed as possible by the end of the year. Before skipping town, the Senate confirmed more than a dozen judicial nominees. From The Hill:
The Senate confirmed 13 of President Trump's judicial picks this week, helping clear the deck ahead of the five-week August recess.
The nominees were split up throughout the week with four confirmation votes taking place on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, three of which were by voice votes.
"For too long fairly uncontroversial judicial nominees just like these have been held up and delayed by our Democratic colleagues even when the vacancy qualifies as a judicial emergency. Uncontroversial district judges used to be confirmed promptly in big groups by voice vote," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor ahead of the votes on Wednesday.