GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hailing Senate votes this week confirming 13 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

The actions bring to more than 140 the number of judges confirmed by the Senate since Trump took office in 2017.

McConnell calls the Senate votes “big progress for the federal judiciary,” adding that “for too long, thoroughly uncontroversial judicial nominees just like these have been held up and delayed by our Democratic colleagues.”

Frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, McConnell and Senate Republicans rammed through a rules change this spring that cut back debate on most of Trump’s picks.

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