The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania currently has three judicial vacancies, two of which have been deemed judicial emergencies. The Wayne Independent is reporting that Senators Casey and Toomey have announced an agreement to resolve this problem:
Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) announced a bipartisan agreement on filling federal district court vacancies in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has a long history of cooperation between its two U.S. senators on filling U.S. District Court vacancies. Sens. Casey and Toomey intend to continue this tradition. Both senators share the goal of appointing federal judges who demonstrate intelligence, extensive prior experience as lawyers or judges, and unquestioned honesty and integrity.
“Recommending and confirming strong judicial candidates is among the most significant responsibilities of a U.S. Senator,” said Senator Casey. “This bipartisan agreement reached with Senator Toomey will go a long way to make sure excellent candidates are nominated and confirmed.”
“In recent years, judicial selections at the national level have too often become overly politicized. That’s why I am so pleased that Sen. Casey and I have reached this bipartisan agreement to ensure that the most capable, knowledgeable and ethical candidates become federal judges serving Pennsylvania,” Sen. Toomey said.
More information on the Senators’ plan may be found here.