Senate Democrats blocked Republicans’ bid to confirm enough judicial nominees to bring President Donald Trump’s total to 100.
Instead, the 115th Congress ends with 85 new faces on federal courts -- a record for a president’s first two years in office.
The 85 includes two Supreme Court judges, 30 appeals court judges, and 53 lower court judges.
All other nominations will expire when the two-year session officially ends Thursday. The White House will have the option of renominating those people or choosing new nominees for the courts.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other groups had pressed Minority Leader
Outside opposition also grew after a district court judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
Schumer gave up the chance to have seven judges confirmed for district courts in his state, along with three judicial nominees recommended by Senate Minority Whip
The nominations being returned to the White House will include four district court judges Senate Majority Whip
Two people initially nominated by President Barack Obama in 2015 will see their nominations expire for a second time.
Obama nominated Mary McElroy to serve as a district court judge in Rhode Island and Stephanie Gallagher to be a judge in Maryland. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations but floor votes were never scheduled.
The nominations were returned to the White House in early 2017 when Obama’s term ended.
Trump renominated the two picks at the urging of homestate senators, and will have to decide whether to nominate them again.
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