Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just gave President Donald Trump 19 massive reasons to smile.
As noted by Townhall, the agenda next week shows that McConnell moved to vote on the lifetime appointments of 19 district court judges.
That means it is highly likely that 19 more conservative judges nominated by Trump will be confirmed to serve on critical courts across the country.
Since Trump took office two years ago, the Senate has successfully approved more than 110 conservative judges to federal courts across the country.
Here’s more from The Washington 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.