The Senate Judiciary Committee renewed its push to confirm a long slate of judicial nominees today, but the 29 judges set for a vote today will have to wait another week.
Republicans took advantage of a courtesy given the minority party to "hold over" a nominee the first time they appear on the agenda for a vote. It's not new; Republicans on the committee have employed the courtesy on almost every judicial nominee in the past few years.
This time, the Republicans delayed a vote on all judicial nominees on the agenda—five for circuit seats and 24 district court picks. The group included two Munger, Tolles & Olson litigation partners nominated for seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: John Owens in Los Angeles and Michelle Friedland in San Francisco.
Today's action also delayed nine judicial nominees who won committee approval last year but never got a confirmation vote before the full Senate. Those nominees are among 54 judicial picks who the White House renominated.