Traditionally, nominations on the consent calendar get confirmed quickly, but the Senate has not green-lighted President Obama’s judicial nominees expediently since he took office. More than 30 nominations are pending, and senators don’t take them in order.
As a result, sources say a June confirmation is more realistic for Williams.
She applied almost two years ago for the seat that became available when U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley in West Palm Beach took senior status.
But her nomination remained in limbo as the Obama administration fought with Republicans over health-care reform and controversial nominations. The president had to renominate her in the new Congress in January.