Obama nominated Day in July to succeed Judge Peter J. Messitte, who has taken senior status. However, the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to vote on Day’s nomination, and it expired when Congress adjourned last year.
Day’s name was one of 42 resubmitted by the president on Wednesday. The list included four who provoked strong opposition by Senate Republicans: 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Goodwin Liu of the University of California, Berkeley, and district court nominees Edward Chen, Louis B. Butler Jr. and John J. McConnell Jr.
Two other nominees to Maryland’s federal bench were confirmed by the full Senate in late December. Judges Ellen L. Hollander and James K. Bredar, who were nominated in April, were approved for the court’s northern division in Baltimore.