President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to vote on long-stalled nominees for the federal judiciary — dipping a toe into an issue that has appeared relatively low among his priorities.

In remarks at the White House, Obama said he wants to work with Republicans to fill judicial vacancies. He did not name any individual nominees, but he appeared to reference Nashville, Tenn., labor lawyer Jane Stranch when he said nominees have been waiting as long as eight months to be confirmed.

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