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On confirming the nomination of Thomas Vanaskie to be a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals/On the nomination
senate Roll Call 122     Apr 21, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on confirming Thomas Vanaskie to be a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  No Republican spoke against his nomination, but Democrats hinted that some Republicans had concerns with the fact that Vanaskie had cited some foreign law in certain opinions he had written.

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., complained that Republicans have repeatedly obstructed noncontroversial judicial nominees such as Thomas Vanaskie, who he said is more than qualified for the post.

“The vote on the confirmation of Judge Vanaskie's nomination is the first vote on judicial nominations that the Senate will hold in 5 weeks. Despite the dozens of judicial nominations ready for Senate consideration, none has been allowed to move forward for over a month to fill longstanding vacancies in the Federal courts. Of the 25 pending judicial nominations, 18 were reported from the Senate Judiciary Committee without any Republican Senator voting against. I have been urging the Senate Republican leadership for months to allow votes on these noncontroversial nominations and to enter into time agreements to debate the others. We need to clear the backlog of nominations and move forward,” Leahy said.

By a vote of 77-20, the Senate confirmed Thomas Vanaskie.  Every Democrat present voted for the nomination.  Of Republicans present, 19 voted for the nomination and 20 voted against.  The end result is that the Senate confirmed Thomas Vanaskie to be a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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