President Barack Obama “on Wednesday resubmitted a batch of federal judicial nominations that didn’t clear the Senate last year, including four that provoked strong objections from some Republican lawmakers,” the AP reports.
Obama sent 42 names to the Senate. They include 35 nominees for federal district courts and seven for the appellate courts.
The most controversial of the four is Goodwin Liu, a dean at the University of California, Berkeley, law school. Liu was renominated for a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He also is seen as a potential Supreme Court pick by a Democratic president.
Republicans have criticized Liu for negative comments about then-Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, now a justice on the Supreme Court.
The others contentious nominees are Edward Chen, Louis B. Butler Jr. and John J. McConnell Jr., all nominated to become U.S. District Court judges.