AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A progressive group has called on Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to make nominations to fill nine federal judge vacancies in Texas.
Progress Texas said Thursday that following a vote in the U.S. Senate to limit filibusters, it was time for Cornyn and Cruze to fulfill their duty to make nominations for the federal bench. President Barack Obama could then appointment those nominees to the nine vacancies that have substantially slowed federal trials in Texas.
Neither Cornyn nor Cruz has recommended anyone in 2013, preventing Obama from making any appointments.
Republican senators have also used filibusters to keep Obama's nominees from taking the bench. Frustrated by the blockade on nomination, the Senate's Democratic majority voted to change the rules to allow nominations to move forward.
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