Republican Senator Creates Fresh Opposition by Blocking Biden Court Pick

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson created fresh hurdles for President Biden when he signaled he will not support his pick to fill a district court vacancy in his home state. Sen. Johnson’s opposition likely dooms the nomination absent a shift by Democrats.

The Hill reports:

Johnson said that he would oppose William Pocan, who was nominated by Biden to be a district judge in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. It marks the first time during the Biden administration a senator has not returned a blue slip — a piece of paper that indicates if a home-state senator supports a nominee — for a district court nominee.

“Since Judge Pocan’s nomination, I have been hearing concerns from the Green Bay legal community that they needed a judge who is locally based and actively involved in their community. That is not the case with Judge Pocan,” Johnson said in a statement.

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