Senate continues brisk pace on judicial confirmations

The Senate will likely continue its pattern of confirming two judicial nominees per legislative week on Tuesday when it takes up debate and votes on the 16th and 17th nominees of the year.

The upper chamber's pace stands in sharp contrast to this time last year.

So far, the Senate has confirmed two nominees for the circuit courts and 13 for the district courts. By early last April, the Senate had only confirmed four from the circuit courts and two for the district courts

On Tuesday the Senate will vote on whether Vincent Briccetti will become the District Judge for the Southern District of New York and John Kronstadt the United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Both nominees are fairly non-controversial and are expected to pass easily.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) has declined, so far, to push controversial nominees to the entire body. Not a single vote has been cast on the Senate floor against a nominee this year. Four of the nominees cleared the body by unanimous consent.