Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the appointment of Richard Taranto to the Federal Circuit. The vote was unanimous but for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) who has committed to vote against all of President Obama’s nominees as a protest to several recess appointments made during a two-day congressional break in January.
It seems that Taranto should sail through a confirmation vote from the entire Senate. The question is simply a matter of when that body will get around to it. The Federal Circuit has not had its full complement of 12 judges since October 2009 when Judge Schall took Senior Status.