The country's largest federal appeals court is one step closer to adding another member.
The U.S. Senate has approved the addition of a 29th judge to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court in San Francisco serves the country's nine western states, including Nevada.
Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Jon Kyl of Arizona co-sponsored the measure to help the appeals court with the highest caseload in the nation.
The addition will come at the expense of the D.C. Circuit Court, which will lose a judge as part of the $200 million Court Security Improvement Act.
A similar measure was passed by the House of Representatives, and a reconciled bill is expected to be ready soon for President Bush's signature.