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How an Obama nominee can still stall out in the Senate

Special to SEGAZINE

It’s been months since the Obama administration nominated Michael Boggs to serve on Georgia’s U.S. District Court, and nearly a month since he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And he still hasn’t gotten a vote.

While Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has moved ahead the other nominations for Georgia’s courts, Boggs’s has been held back. “More time is needed to follow up on his recent testimony before his nomination will be scheduled for a vote,” Leahy said in a statement last week.

Boggs went before the full committee back in May, where he received a grilling for his record as a conservative Democratic Georgia state legislator on issues ranging from abortion to the Confederate flag. Since then, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin, and others have said they are against Boggs’s nomination, or will vote against it in committee.

Boggs’s nomination was the result of a deal struck by the White House and Georgia’s two Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. They had agreed to release their two-year hold on a Circuit Court nominee in return for Boggs’s nomination to the District Court. The deal includes six other nominees, the rest of whom are being moved ahead by the Judiciary Committee.

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