Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been trying his best to slow down President Donald Trump and block his agenda.
Schumer has desperately tried stopping Trump’s agenda and his breakneck pace of reshaping the judiciary, but he has failed spectacularly.
In another historic vote, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate just gave the president his third historic accomplishment of this month.
The Senate confirmed former U.S. Attorney for Utah David Barlow as a federal judge in the state, and earned the praise of Utah’s senators after Trump picked him.
Barlow was confirmed on an 88-4 vote.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and 2020 Democrat hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar voted against him.
“Barlow’s very strong confirmation vote is not surprising,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. “He was a highly qualified, experienced, mainstream nominee with powerful home state senator support from Lee and [Sen. Mitt] Romney, who had a smooth hearing and a fine committee approval vote. I expect that he will be sworn in this week and start handling cases soon.”
Lee and Romney lauded the strong vote for Barlow in a joint statement.
“We have full confidence David will serve Utah and the country with honor and integrity, faithfully applying the law and our Constitution to all matters and parties that come before him,” Lee and Romney said. “We wish him well as he begins this next chapter of service to our nation as a U.S. district judge for the District of Utah.”
Why is this historic?
Barlow’s confirmation comes as the Senate has confirmed just shy of 180 conservative judges since Trump took office — which is the most ever confirmed in that amount of time.
Barlow’s confirmation is one of three historic milestones the president hit this month.
Last week, the Senate confirmed Barbara Lagoa to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 80 to 15.
Republicans now control the Florida appeals court for the first time in many years that sends cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Republicans now control legislatures in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.
Here’s the third piece of history: the Second, Third and Eleventh circuits have all transitioned from being controlled by liberals to now having a majority of Republican-appointed judges under Trump.
Trump is on pace to accomplish what has never been done before.
Analysis shows that Trump will appoint roughly 30 percent of all federal judges currently on the bench by the end of his first term.
And if Trump wins re-election in 2020 and serves another four years — it’s more than likely that he will have appointed more than 50 percent of all federal judges when he leaves office in 2024.
Trump’s judicial appointments also include two Supreme Court Justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
That’s certainly a historic accomplishment, and the Republican-controlled Senate is reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.
Trump has done this country a huge service by appointing a slew of young, fair, and Constitution-focused judges to the nation’s courts.