The White House said it has 18 judicial nominees awaiting confirmation. Among them is U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz, who has been waiting more than a year for her confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, based in Philadelphia.
Obama's judicial nominees — not counting the Supreme Court — have waited an average of 117 days for final confirmation after being approved in committee, the White House said. That's compared to 34 days for President George W. Bush and 16 days for President Bill Clinton at the equivalent point in their presidencies.
The White House has not said whom Obama will nominate in place of Halligan, nor what the timeline will be for making that decision.
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