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President Obama will be the first president in thirty years to have more vacancies on the federal bench.
Then when he took office and there's a big blame game -- between Republicans and Democrats Molly Henneberg and sort this out why she's live in Washington.
The sick a look at the numbers Molly so how many vacancies are there.
-- -- we're talking here about federal judicial vacancies vacancies at the district court level and the -- -- appellate court level.
According to -- left leaning Alliance for Justice which is pushing for more of president Obama's nominees to get confirmed by the senate.
There are 77 positions open.
And 31 judges have been nominated by the president this is so far that we know of for 31 of those 77 positions that potentially leaves dozens of slots for which there isn't even a nominee.
How fast is the senate moving on president Obama's nominees.
-- the same as it has in the past according to these judicial confirmation race.
At this point in their first terms presidents Clinton had a 78%.
Confirmation rate for his judicial nominees.
President George W.
Bush has 78% as well and President Obama has a 77%.
But there's still those dozens of vacancies Martha.
And sees a lot of old.
Well Republicans and Democrats as you might -- disagree on that Republicans say the president isn't moving quickly enough and nominating judges for the jobs.
The Democrats including the White House say -- GOP is slowing the confirmation process.
When you look at.
The facts however.
The reason for so much of the delay.
Is because Republican senators.
Are not allowing.
Obama nominees to move forward to their hearing.
They're making it to the floor.
For a confirmation vote.
Within -- very reasonable period of time after their hearing and after their -- in the Judiciary Committee so.
They are being confirmed.
It's just that the president hasn't nominated.
Most of these slots.
And what these vacancies mean to Americans and businesses is -- their cases don't get heard and resolved in a timely fashion.
And as my -- the wheels turning slightly.
Hard to believe I'm Molly thank you very much smiling at.
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