Two more U.S. Court nominees from Connecticut clear a Senate hurdle and head for confirmation votes

Two more U.S. Court nominees from Connecticut clear a Senate hurdle and head for confirmation votes

Federal district court candidates Sarala Vidya Nagala and Omar Antonio Williams were approved on 13-9, largely party line votes by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations of Connecticut federal district court candidates Sarala Vidya Nagala and Omar Antonio Williams Thursday and sent their names to the floor of the Senate for confirmation votes, perhaps within weeks. President Joseph Biden nominated Nagala and Williams, along with Sarah Merriam, earlier this year to fill what, for Connecticut, is an unusually large number of open seats on the federal district court. Merriam cleared the judiciary committee in July and all three are expected to be routinely confirmed in the coming weeks. Ranking committee Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa led the opposition to the Biden nominees and expressed concern over what he described as Nagala’s opposition to Second Amendment gun rights in a brief she wrote while working at a California firm. But Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, seemed to defuse the opposition by pointing out she was an associate, working for a partner, not long after law school. “There really wasn’t a problem,” said University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias, who tracks federal judicial nominations. “Both should be confirmed easily, maybe as early as next week.” Biden nominated all three to the lifetime, $211,000-a-year positions after promising to diversify the federal judiciary with non traditional appointments reflecting “a wide range of life and professional experiences, including those based on their race, ethnicity, national […]

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