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.
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