While still refusing to budge on holding a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Senator Pat Toomey still wants other judges to get a vote, specifically PA judges.
Today, Toomey called on his colleagues in the Senate to confirm Marilyn Horan and Susan Baxter to PA district courts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, refused as there are eight judges in front of Toomey’s pick also waiting for Senate action.
Conservatives had been putting pressure on McConnell to stop confirming judges earlier this year. As a result, the Senate has only approved a handful of judges this year (one of which was Judge Restrepo) and is in no hurry to confirm all those waiting on the list.
Perhaps Senator Toomey was feeling pressure for action since a recent poll had the Senator effectively tied with his challenger, Katie McGinty. That same survey also showed that two-thirds of Pennsylvanians wanted the Senate to hold a vote for Supreme Court nominee Garland.
If that was the case, Toomey’s bid failed as McConnell refused to let the senator skip ahead in line for his nominees.