Friday May 20, 2011 | 11:54 AM

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote next week on whether to approve the judicial nomination of Nancy Torresen.

Torresen is President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. District Court for Maine. She would fill the seat of Judge D. Brock Hornby, who assumed senior status last year but who has continued to handle a full case load.
Torresen and four other district court nominees were on the list for a vote this week, but as is the routine prerogative of the minority party, in this case the GOP, the vote on all five nominees was “held over” for a week. There is no reason to expect that the committee vote won’t take place, now, on Thursday. If she wins committee approval, the final step in Torresen’s confirmation process would be a vote of the full Senate.
Both of Maine’s Republican senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, have endorsed Torresen’s nomination earlier this month during her confirmation hearing, though neither are on the judiciary committee.

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