Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is being pushed by conservatives to slow down on the consideration of President Biden’s judicial nominees. So far, Graham has voted in favor of Biden’s nominees more than any other Senate Republican.
This week would mark the 100th successful confirmation of a Biden judicial nominee.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, has claimed that the Republicans were wrong to allow so many Biden nominees to be confirmed when the Senate was split evenly during Biden’s first half in office. He told the Hill that they did not take advantage of the 50-50 Senate and that at a committee level, they could have tried to put a stop to the circuit court nominees. However, Haley said that there had been no “concerted effort” and that with the help of Republicans Democratic Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin [D-Ill.], has continued with focus. ]
Senate Republicans have currently outpaced Republicans in the Senate during the Trump administration. At the time Senate Republicans were only able to confirm the 100th judge in May 2019. That is three months after the day that the Democrats are expected to hit that same milestone.
Sen. Mike Lee (r-Utah) has said that this was a good time for them to look back to the last Congress and see if they are “needlessly accelerating the pace at which they’re being confirmed.”
Graham has also remarked that as the Democrats hold an 11-10 majority on the Judicial Committee, there was not much that he could do to stop Biden’s nominations.