Washington • The Senate Judiciary Committee signed off on Ronald G. Russell's federal district court nomination Thursday, pushing the former Centerville mayor one vote away from confirmation.
But it remains unclear if that will take place as the Senate often restricts judicial confirmation votes in a presidential year. It has refused to hold a hearing or vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said he plans to push forward nominees through July. Russell was one of five nominees that the committee approved on a voice vote Thursday.
Obama nominated Russell in mid-December. He has the backing of Utah's two senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, who are also members of the Judiciary Committee.