This week, the Senate confirm eight court picks from President Trump, reflecting the quick pace the Republican-controlled chamber has over judicial nominations, according to the Hill.
Confirmations from the Senate came with one district court nominee confirmed on Tuesday, five on Wednesday, and two on Thursday.
The confirmations add to the total number of judicial confirmations for President Trump to 170 nominations since he took office in 2017.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) welcomed the picks on Thursday as the latest example of “impressive nominees” from Trump, the Hill reported.
“McConnell also defended his decision to dedicate weeks of floor time to judicial nominations, arguing that district court picks previously were able to clear the Senate without having to overcome time-consuming procedural hurdles,” according to the Hill.
“If our Democratic colleagues want to spend less time voting on district judges, they should take it up with the Democratic leader who is forcing us to take cloture vote after cloture vote,” McConnell said.
One of the eight nominees, the Senate confirmed Sarah Pitlyk, a pro-life lawyer to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge in the Eastern District of Missouri. This move angered Democrats and progressives who argued that she is “not qualified” by the American Bar Association.
In addition to Pitlyk, the Senate also confirmed Sherri Lydon, Richard Ernest Myers, David Barlow, Austin Huffaker, Douglas Russell Cole, John Sinatra and Eric Ross Komitee to be district judges.
McConnell has already arranged two circuit nominations for next week: Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke to serve on the 9th Circuit.
Last month, President Trump hosted a historic confirmation of more than 150 federal judges, which he described the number as a “profoundly historic milestone” and a “truly momentous achievement.”
“They will uphold our Constitution as written,” the president said, referring to the appointed federal judges. “These distinguished men and women are some of the most gifted scholars, respected jurists, and finest legal minds ever placed on the federal bench.”
“Together, we are restoring American freedom, defending American justice, and preserving the extraordinary vision of our Founding Fathers.”
At the event the president thanked Mitch McConnell for making it happen.
“I’ve always heard actually that when you become president, the single most important thing you can do is federal judges. … Based on that, I think there’s nobody that’s done a better job ever than Senator Mitch McConnell,” he said.
“Generations from now, Americans will know that Mitch McConnell helped save the constitutional rule of law in America.”