The Senate voted to advance the nomination of four district judges to serve in eastern Michigan.
Matt Frederick Leitman received a 55-43 vote to end debate on his nomination to serve as U.S. district judge for eastern Michigan.
“Our Michigan nominees are highly qualified and represent some of the best legal minds we have,” Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowA guide to the committees: Senate Trump's pick to lead Medicare won't say if she supports negotiating prices with drug companies Overnight Finance: Fed chief tries to stay above partisan fray | Bill would eliminate consumer agency | Trump signs repeal of SEC rule on foreign payments MORE (D-Mich.) said Tuesday. “They’re not only excellent nominees, they’re ready to go to work.”
Republicans have been forcing Democrats to hold cloture votes on most of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees as a protest to Democrats unilaterally changing the Senate filibuster rules through the “nuclear option” late last year. It now requires only 51 votes to advance a nominee, instead of the previous 60 votes.
The Senate will vote on their final confirmation Wednesday, after confirming Carolyn McHugh to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate voted 62-34 on Monday to end debate on her nomination.