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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule full Senate confirmation votes for Matthew Brann and Malachy Mannion, judicial nominees for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

In today's letter to Sens. Reid and McConnell, Sen. Toomey highlights the nominees' experience and asks the Senate leaders to work together to schedule confirmation votes for these nominees.

"Both nominees share a commitment to service and possess the requisite judicial acumen and temperament for the bench. The two vacancies in the Middle District of Pennsylvania are of particular concern since the Williamsport courthouse is without a sitting judge and the district has been in a state of judicial emergency since 2009," Sen. Toomey writes.

"I recognize the challenge in confirming all of the pending nominees before the year's end, but I hope that we can work together to find a way to ensure that at least Mr. Brann and Judge Mannion receive a confirmation vote in light of the unique circumstances surrounding the Middle District of Pennsylvania."

The full text of Sen. Toomey's letter is below.

September 25, 2012

The Honorable Harry Reid The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader Minority Leader
United States Senate United States Senate
S-221 Capitol Building S-230 Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell,

I write to encourage the full Senate to consider two bipartisan-supported U.S. District Court judicial nominees for the Middle District of Pennsylvania when the Senate returns in November.

In the last nine months, the Senate has successfully confirmed 31 U.S. District Court nominees, which ties for the most U.S. District Court confirmations in a presidential election year in recent memory. It has also confirmed five nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals. I appreciate the progress made by the Senate in filling judicial vacancies this year and your collaborative efforts in getting these nominees confirmed in a bipartisan manner.

However, as we near the end of the year, two well-qualified nominees for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Matthew Brann and Malachy Mannion, await full Senate confirmation. Both nominees share a commitment to service and possess the requisite judicial acumen and temperament for the bench. The two vacancies in the Middle District of Pennsylvania are of particular concern since the Williamsport courthouse is without a sitting judge and the district has been in a state of judicial emergency since 2009.

Since the beginning of the 112th Congress, one of my top priorities has been working with Senator Casey to fill the judicial vacancies in Pennsylvania's three judicial districts. With the support of the White House and Senate, we successfully filled three vacancies in the fall of 2011. However, vacancies still remain, and we have been diligently working to confirm the remaining nominees. I appreciate the cooperation of the White House, Senator Casey, Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley in getting Mr. Brann and Judge Mannion appointed and reported out of the Judiciary Committee on July 19, 2012. We are fortunate to have two exceptional nominees who received near-unanimous support within the Judiciary Committee, underscoring their broad bipartisan appeal.

I recognize the challenge in confirming all of the pending nominees before the year's end, but I hope that we can work together to find a way to ensure that at least Mr. Brann and Judge Mannion receive a confirmation vote in light of the unique circumstances surrounding the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator


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