Legal logjam leaving judges' seats empty in federal courts

Curt Levey, executive director of the conservative lobby Committee for Justice, said neither Obama nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has made a priority of filling judicial vacancies.

"Republicans can't stop Reid from bringing things to a vote, but what they can do is make the majority leader pick his priorities," Levey said. He was referring to the option of invoking cloture, which allows the majority to call a vote but at the price of ceding the Senate floor for a maximum of 30 hours of debate, at the expense of other legislation sought by the administration...

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