President Joe Biden is lagging behind his predecessors in judicial nominees as the 200th day of his presidency approaches, according to The Washington Examiner.
The Senate has been doing its part to push through the nominees they have received, and the White House has released its sixth and latest slate of nominees on Thursday.
Of those nominees, nine have already been confirmed according to the American Constitution Society, which is a relief to many who considered the previous president’s judges to be less than favorable.
Former President Donald Trump made it a point to make judicial nominees of utmost importance to his administration, especially after Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in 2018.
At the time, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell helped the administration bring more than 220 nominees to their places on the federal bench.
The more than 200 judges nominated and confirmed by Trump gave him the distinction of doing more to put conservative judges on the bench than his predecessor, former President Barack Obama did during his two terms in office.
Biden’s nominees haven’t had great luck before the Senate committee, however. Despite the Democrat majority, the Biden administration has had a number of their candidates shot down.
According to the Examiner, at similar points in their terms, 293 of Obama’s nominees were confirmed and 283 of George W. Bush’s were confirmed to all courts combined. Just 115 of Biden’s nominees have made it all the way through the process.
The Senate still awaits nominations on several high-profile openings in the administration, including a nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, which plays a key role in regulating money spent in Washington.