The Senate Judiciary Committee has finally scheduled a confirmation hearing from Jimmie Reyna who was nominated by President Obama to the Federal Circuit on September 29. The hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, February 16.
It seems unlikely that there will be any controversy surrounding Mr. Reyna’s hearing and confirmation. That does not mean, however, that the Senate will not play politics as it did with Judge O’Malley’s confirmation last year. She sailed through a confirmation hearing on July 28, but was not confirmed until December 22 as part of a lame duck session compromise. While the hearing is a necessary first step, getting a committee vote and a floor vote could still take a while.
But . . . aren’t there two Federal Circuit nominations pending? Whither Edward DuMont? He was nominated long before Reyna on April 14 and has yet to receive a hearing. Is something going on here or is the Senate merely playing politics?