PA-Sen: Toomey Gives Official Approval for Judicial Nominee

Pat ToomeySen. Pat Toomey submitted his blue slip for judicial nominee Luis Felipe Restrepo’s confirmation process to go ahead.

Restrepo was tipped by President Obama for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in November, but has been waiting for the U.S. Senate to begin confirmation hearings since then.

The issue gained renewed attention after the Huffington Post ran a story earlier this month accusing the Senator of holding the nomination for political purposes. By tradition, the Senate waits until the two Senators from the Judge’s home state approve the nominee through a “blue slip” before proceeding.

Senator Casey turned his blue slip in last November.

After the HuffPo report, Democrats criticized Sen. Toomey’s for purportedly stalling the nomination.

On Thursday, Toomey returned Restrepo’s blue slip to Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), which will allow Grassley to schedule confirmation hearings for Restrepo.

Toomey insisted his delay in turning in his slip did not slow down the process at all, since the Judiciary Committee was conducting a background check on Restrepo.

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