Senate schedules vote on Rose nomination to federal judgeship

30-minute debate, then vote, scheduled for Sept. 5

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The U.S. Senate has scheduled a vote on confirming Stephanie Rose of Center Point as a federal judge when it returns from its August recess.

As the Senate was wrapping up its business before starting its August recess, Sen. Tom Harkin was able to gain an agreement for a vote on Rose’s nomination to the federal bench.

According to his staff, Harkin has been told the Senate has scheduled 30 minutes at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 for debate on her nomination. The Senate then will proceed to vote on her confirmation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Rose’s nomination unanimously by voice vote in April. The Senate confirmed Rose’s appointment to her current position of the federal prosecutor in the Cedar Rapids-based Northern District in 2009.

She was nominated by President Barack Obama for the federal bench in the Des Moines-based Southern District of Iowa. If she's confirmed, she will replace Chief Judge Robert Pratt. Also, she would be the first female U.S. District judge in Iowa’s Southern District.

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