On September 22, 2020, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Edward Meyers to a federal judgeship on the United States Court of Federal Claims by a 66-27 vote. Meyers will join the court upon receiving his judicial commission and taking his judicial oath.
Meyers was originally nominated to the seat by President Donald Trump (R) on November 19, 2019. The nomination was returned to the president at the sine die adjournment of the U.S. Senate on January 3, 2020. The president officially renominated Meyers on January 6. Meyers was nominated to replace Judge Lawrence J. Block, who retired on January 8, 2016. Meyers had his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 8, 2020. Meyers was reported to the full Senate on March 12, 2020, after a 15-6 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After Meyers receives his judicial commission, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims will have:
- Five vacancies
- Eight Republican-appointed judges and three Democrat-appointed judges.
In addition to Meyers, President Trump has appointed five judges to the court. President George W. Bush (R) appointed two judges to the court, and President Barack Obama (D) appointed three judges to the court.
Since taking office, President Trump has nominated 269 individuals to federal judgeships, 217 of whom have been confirmed. There were 78 vacancies in the federal judiciary, as of September 1, 2020. Of those vacancies, 47 had pending nominations.