Senate leaders have agreed to a vote on Feb. 25 on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That vote will come 13 months after President Barack Obama first nominated the federal magistrate judge to the appeals court.
Bacharach, 53, who works at the U.S. district court in Oklahoma City, enjoys strong bipartisan support in the Senate and has received the highest rating from the American Bar Association, but Senate Republicans have been slow-walking _ and even blocking _ votes on Obama’s judicial nominations for several months.
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a circuit court nominee from Maine who also had first been nominated in January 2012.
Bacharach is expected to be confirmed easily for the post left vacant by Robert Henry in July 2010.