President Trump reached another milestone with the Senate clearing its 100th judicial candidate Thursday in its efforts to reshape the federal judiciary.
The President and the Republican-controlled Senate prioritized judicial appointments and confirmed Rodolfo Ruiz to the United States. The South District Court of Florida has placed three-digit numbers of Trump’s judicial appointments.
In addition to Ruiz’s confirmation, two other nominees will also be removed from federal district courts in Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania. If these two nominations are approved, Trump has appointed 102 judges to the federal bench.
Two Supreme Court judges, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, 37 federal judges and 61 federal district courts, are part of Trump’s court appointments.
In anticipation of the milestone, the president commanded the Senate’s work in confirmed his judicial nominees and said that “we are breaking records.”
Trump saw big success in rebuilding the federal bench, but the resistance of the Senate Democrats who criticized the president for lack of power met with his efforts. Trump’s judicial nominees are also young to make sure that the federal courts are left a conservative stamp that lasts for decades.
Democrats have tried to slow down the pace of judicial confirmations by using the entire 30-hour discussion time for judicial applicants. They also attempted to block nominees by not returning their so-called blue slips to the Judiciary Committee of the Senate.
But the Republicans used their power as a majority party to reduce the leverage of the Democrats.
The GOP-controlled Senate last month changed the rules of the Chamber to accelerate Trump’s nominees ‘ confirmation by lowering the time for debate to 2 hours.
The Republicans of the Senate Committee on Justice have also said, former Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa and current Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that an unreturned blue slip does not prevent applicants from receiving confirmation hearings from federal appeals courts.
The Blue Slip is a Senate practice in which senators can express their support or opposition against a judicial candidate in blue. Some former chairmen of the Judicial Committee allowed senators in the home country to effectively veto a nominee by not returning their blue cards.
More than 3 dozen judicial nominees await votes on the floor of the Senate, including 2 President’s selections for the 9th United States. Circuit Appeals Court. The San Francisco court is often the object of frustration for Trump, which has ruled against a number of government policies and is considered the most liberal court of appeal in the country.
But if the Senate approves Trump’s two candidates for the 9th circuit, the court would be closer to parity.
Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.