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Judicial nominee Robert E. Bacharach blocked by Republicans again

The Oklahoma City magistrate, who enjoys bipartisan support for nomination to federal appeals court, has to wait another week to clear the same committee that approved him overwhelmingly last year.
by Chris Casteel Modified: January 31, 2013 at 8:03 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

President Barack Obama renominated Bacharach in January, along with numerous others who were blocked by Republicans last year.

Senate Republicans did not require that another hearing be held for Bacharach and the other two nominees on Thursday's agenda, but Grassley still invoked his right to delay the vote.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the committee, complained that the posts the nominees were chosen to fill had been vacant for two years.

“We have got to do something better,'' Leahy said, adding that Republicans were delaying “qualified people'' who had already been approved by the committee.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, who supports Bacharach's nomination, predicted earlier this week that Bacharach would be confirmed by the full Senate within a few weeks and that he would push for a vote on him.

Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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