WASHINGTON — The Senate was set Monday evening to bring to a close debate on the confirmation of Pulaski County Circuit Judge James "Jay" Moody Jr. to the federal bench in Arkansas.

WASHINGTON — The Senate was set Monday evening to bring to a close debate on the confirmation of Pulaski County Circuit Judge James "Jay" Moody Jr. to the federal bench in Arkansas.


A final vote approving confirmation is expected Tuesday.


Moody is nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, which includes Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Jonesboro.


Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., pushed for a vote on Moody now to clear away any lingering ambiguity about his future. The filing period for candidates seeking the Pulaski County Circuit judgeship began Monday and closes on March 3.


Also pending before the Senate is the nomination of Fayetteville attorney Timothy L. Brooks to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which includes Fort Smith, Fayetteville and Hot Springs.


A vote has yet to be scheduled for his confirmation.


Moody and Brooks have been supported by Pryor and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. The Senate Judiciary Committee has also voted in favor of confirming both nominees.