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Report: Gallagher’s confirmation to federal bench inches closer

A seat on Baltimore’s federal bench that has been vacant for more than three years could be filled as part of a push to confirm nominees before the Senate’s August recess.

Bloomberg Law reports some nominees put forward by President Barack Obama who were later renominated by President Donald Trump could be confirmed by the end of the week.

It was unclear Tuesday night if Stephanie Gallagher, currently a magistrate judge in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, will be part of a potential package of confirmations. A cloture motion was withdrawn Tuesday and the last update available shows her confirmation was included in a unanimous consent agreement.

Gallagher was nominated in 2016, and then again last year, to fill a seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge William D. Quarles Jr. in February 2016. She has been a magistrate judge since 2011.

Gallagher, who was renominated in 2018, received a favorable report from the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 20, 2019.

Judge James K. Bredar, chief district judge for the U.S. District Court in Maryland, expressed frustration with the delay in Gallagher’s confirmation last year.

“The other branches of the government, they’ve got to do a better job at getting these vacancies filled,” he said in an interview with The Daily Record in December 2018.

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