Rubio, Nelson advance three federal judicial nominees
Sen. Marco Rubio's office said today that he and Sen. Bill Nelson have submitted "blue slips" for three U.S. District Court nominees, advancing them toward confirmation.
They are Judge Patricia D. Barksdale, for the Middle District of Florida; William F. Jung, Middle District of Florida; and Judge Philip R. Lammens, for the Northern District of Florida.
Rubio continues to block Mary Barzee Flores for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. He had not explained his opposition but asked today, his office issued a statement.
“Senator Rubio recently returned the blue slip for three judges to fill other vacancies throughout Florida, but he will not return the blue slip on Ms. Barzee Flores," spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said.
"Florida has very busy federal courts and Senator Rubio would like to see judicial vacancies filled promptly with consensus picks who can be swiftly confirmed in a period of divided government. During the Obama administration, there has been an unfortunate trend toward the judiciary playing a more active role in policy-making, which is why Senator Rubio would rather see a judgeship remain vacant than to fill it with the wrong person for a lifetime."