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U.S. Senate panel delays initial vote on new federal judge for N.H.

A U.S. Senate committee this morning delayed an initial vote on Landya McCafferty’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Concord.

Five judicial nominees, including McCafferty, were on the agenda for today’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But at the request of the panel’s Republican minority, and without objection from committee members, those nominations were held over until next week, according to a webcast of the meeting.

On May 23, President Obama nominated McCafferty, a Portsmouth resident and current magistrate judge at the federal court for New Hampshire, to fill the district-judge job left vacant this spring when U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe took senior status.

The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination July 24. If the committee votes to “report” McCafferty’s nomination next week, it’ll head to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote sometime in the coming months.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

Legacy Comments1

Landya McCafferty has universal support from both sides, including both New Hampshire Senators. The latest hearing (9/11/2013) was about the remaining judges from, W.V, Puerto Rico, and W.D. Arkansas. It had nothing to do with Landya McCafferty. The Committee unanimously decided that they would hold out on "reporting out" all nominees until some questions about the remaining judges were answered. It was chaired by Vice Chair Whitehouse (Democrat) in the absence of Chair Lahey (Democrat). This makes it sound like there was some party politics about Landya McCafferty , which is far from the truth. Her hearing was back in July. The Senate never has hearings about a judge and a vote on the same day, which it would have to do regarding the other judges, not Landya McCafferty. Details matter.

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