“The Republican-led Senate is aiming to squeeze in a final round of confirmations in another big year for conservative judicial nominees.Trump has appointed more than 170 district and appellate judges since taking office as well as two to the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to remake the judiciary with young conservatives.
Most of the trial court selections advanced by McConnell for votes this week would go to eight states with at least one Republican senator and five represented by Democrats. Democrats have expressed frustration with many Trump judicial selections, saying they lack the requisite legal qualifications or are too ideological.
McConnell made his move amid reports that Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is resisting efforts to negotiate a package of lower court judges that could move before adjournment and be approved without roll call votes. Democratic aides said they do not expect a year-end package that is approved by unanimous consent to include more judges.”