Thursday, May 15, 2008

Senate Panel Approves Judgeships Bill

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 14-5 to approve a bill that would create dozens of new federal judgeships for the first time since 1990.
The bill would add 38 district court judgeships and 12 circuit court judgeships.
A full breakdown of where the judgeships would go is here.
Not surprisingly, California will get the most.
The committee's chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., didn't get it all his own way, however.
He had to agree to hold a hearing on the issue before bringing up the bill on the Senate floor due to concerns raised by several members, including Sen. Jeff Session, R-Ala., and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.
"I just don't think this is something the committee should be doing," Cardin said of the hasty vote. "I don't feel comfortable at all."
Neither of them is convinced that adding new judgeships is the best use of resources.
*The committee also passed out an IP bill this morning.
The Orphan Works Act would reduce the potential damages for using copyrighted material when the copyright owner cannot be located.


Anonymous said...

I'd probably favor adding more Judges, but this is really a painfully obviously nothing but a pure partisan move in this case. You cannot simply say you are actually concerned about the strain on the judiciary while refusing to even hold hearings on many of Bush's nominees.

And obviously, this is timed so a presumably Democratic President can appoint these people after 2008.

If I were the Republicans, I'd filibuster the bill unless they agree to have votes on ALL of Bush's pending Judicial nominees.

Anonymous said...

Some people just have no confidence in Sen. McCain's chances in November!