In the past year and a half, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump have confirmed federal judges at a record pace. Last week on “Inside Politics,” CNN’s John King highlighted this crucial accomplishment:
“When the President was on Capitol Hill yesterday meeting with senators, one thing he asked for, more confirmations of his judicial picks. This is an area does, again, a ton of attention where the President is making a lot of progress, and it’s an area where his conservative base is very happy with the President. So far, 38 judges have been confirmed, not including Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. So you could make that 39 if you have Supreme Court. But 21 Court of Appeals judges, approved, confirmed under the Trump presidency. 17 U.S. District Court judges confirmed already during the Trump presidency. How’s that matched up? Well, let’s take a look. This is the Court of Appeals. The President running ahead of the five presidents who served before him. He likes that. He likes to be able to say, look at me, I’m 21, Obama, Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush, Reagan, Donald Trump leading the pack there.”
Those numbers as expected to grow as the year rolls on. Last week Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn indicated that judicial nominations were a priority for the Senate:
“Obviously, nominations, particularly judicial nominations, are a priority because these folks will serve for 25-30 years. And given obstruction on other ordinary legislation, I think you’ll continue to see that as a priority.”
With judicial nominations continuing to be a priority for the Senate, more judges will be placed on the federal courts that will ensure the Constitution will be defended through conservative jurisprudence for decades to come.