The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously May 23 to advance the nomination of Emin Toro to serve on the U.S. Tax Court.
- At his May 9 confirmation hearing, Toro said he would work hard to clear the backlog of cases from the partial government shutdown that ended Jan. 28.
- Senate confirmation of Toro, a partner in the Washington office of Covington & Burling LLP, would still leave the Tax Court short of its full 19-judge roster.
- President Donald Trump formally renominated Toro on Feb. 6 after the Senate failed to confirm him before adjourning last year.
- The nomination of Courtney Dunbar Jones, a senior attorney in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, to serve on the court was approved by the Finance Committee in March and is waiting for a full Senate vote.
- Tax Court judges are nominated for 15-year terms.
—With assistance from Kaustuv Basu.