During the same period of the Clinton administration, the chamber approved 79 percent of circuit court and 81 percent of district court nominees.
“If we have a 20-year precedent that was put in there by the Democrats and Republicans alike, I really wouldn’t want to be the one to break that precedent,” the Oklahoma Republican said.
Mr. Inhofe also said it was “suspicious” of Democratic leadership’s timing for holding the vote so late in legislative year.
Mrs. Snowe said she was “deeply concerned” by the Nevada Democrat’s announcement because it presumably would block another judicial candidate, Bill Kayatta of Maine — “who is also highly qualified and has bipartisan support” — from receiving an up-or-down vote this year.
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