For the third time in a week, a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing has met with objections from Republicans.
This afternoon, the committee was due to hear testimony on the Federal Judgeship Act, a bill the committee passed last month, but only on the condition that the hearing was held to address some Republican concerns.
But, citing the slow rate of judicial confirmations this year, Senate Republicans decided to pull the plug on it, as they did with recent hearings on detainee interrogation procedures and alleged pro-business Supreme Court decisions.
It's an interesting one because the judgeships bill is actually broadly bipartisan, with the likes of Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., whose state will benefit, fully supportive.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will probably be most frustrated by the delay as her state is set to gain the most judges if the legislation passes.