Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has just delivered a major victory to President Donald Trump.
As noted by The Washington Examiner, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 90-8 on Thursday to confirm the 100th federal judge under Trump.
Since Trump took office two years ago, the Senate has successfully approved 100 conservative judges to federal courts across the country.
On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Rodolfo Ruiz to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
In addition to confirming Ruiz, the Senate also cleared two more nominees to federal district courts in Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania.
If both of these judges are approved in the Senate when it is put to a full vote, Trump will have tapped 102 judges to the federal bench.
Here’s more from the Examiner on Trump’s historic milestone:
Trump’s judicial appointments include two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, 37 federal appeals court judges, and 61 federal district court judges.
In anticipation of the milestone, the president lauded the work of the Senate in confirming his judicial nominees, telling attendees of a dinner for the National Day of Prayer on Wednesday that “we’re breaking records.”
While Trump has seen great success in remaking the federal bench, his efforts have been met by resistance from Senate Democrats, who have criticized the president for the lack of diversity among his judicial picks. Trump’s judicial nominees are also young, ensuring they will leave a conservative stamp on the federal courts that will endure for decades.
Democrats attempted to slow the pace of judicial confirmations by using the full 30 hours of debate time for judicial nominees. They have also sought to block nominees by not returning their so-called blue slips to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The blue slip is a Senate practice under which home-state senators can voice their support or opposition to a judicial nominee on a blue form. Some previous Judiciary Committee chairman have allowed home-state senators to effectively veto a nominee by not returning their blue slips.
More than three dozen judicial nominees are still awaiting votes on the Senate floor, including two of the president’s picks for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The San Francisco-based court is often the target of Trump’s frustration, as it has ruled against a number of the administration’s policies, and is considered the country’s most liberal appeals court.
But if the Senate approves Trump’s two nominees to the 9th Circuit, it would bring the court closer to parity.
Last month, Trump flipped his first appeals court, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which now has a majority of Republican-appointed judges.
That’s certainly a historic accomplishment.
Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate are reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.
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