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.