WASHINGTON — Robert E. Bacharach, whose nomination to a federal appeals court was blocked by Senate Republicans for the last six months of 2012, was re-nominated Thursday by President Barack Obama.
Bacharach, a U.S. magistrate judge in Oklahoma City, has strong bipartisan support, but his nomination for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals got caught up last year in presidential politics.
Obama resubmitted 33 judicial nominations that effectively died with the adjournment of the last Congress. The new Congress began Thursday.
The president said the nominees “could have and should have been confirmed before the Senate adjourned.”
“Several have been awaiting a vote for more than six months, even though they all enjoy bipartisan support. I continue to be grateful for their willingness to serve and remain confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity,” Obama said.
“I urge the Senate to consider and confirm these nominees without delay, so all Americans can have equal and timely access to justice.”
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