Updated 6:43 p.m.
The government shutdown is delaying the judicial nominations process, postponing a confirmation hearing and a committee vote on one of President Obama's picks for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) postponed an October 3 business meeting because of the shutdown. That delayed a committee vote that was expected to advance to the full Senate the nomination of U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins for the D.C. Circuit.
Also on that October 3 agenda: committee votes for five district judge nominees, including James Donato and Beth Freeman for the Northern District of California, as well as the bipartisan Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act aimed at protecting whistleblowers.
The judiciary committee is expected to send Wilkins' nomination to the full Senate, but it is unclear when Leahy will reschedule the business meeting. The committee also cancelled a judicial nominations hearing set for October 9 to be chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), but had not announced which judges would be called to testify.
The full Senate confirmed two judicial nominees today: Colin Bruce to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois on a 96-0 vote, and Sara Ellis for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on a voice vote.