Bacharach's nomination effectively died when the last Congress adjourned, but President Barack Obama quickly resubmitted the nomination. The committee did not require Bacharach — or two other nominees cleared Thursday — to appear at another hearing.
About the court
The 10th Circuit Court is one of the federal appeals courts a step below the U.S. Supreme Court; it hears cases from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. The seat for which Bacharach has been nominated has been open since July 2010.
Oklahoma City attorney Dan Webber, a former U.S. attorney who traveled to Washington last year to ask Republicans to allow votes on Bacharach and other nominees, said Thursday, “I appreciate the behind-the-scenes work our senators did to get Judge Bacharach's nomination back through the committee this early in the new session.
“I look forward to his confirmation by the full Senate very soon.”