Action Alert from Credo and Daily Kos
In 2014, Republicans in the Senate blocked confirmation votes on 22 judicial nominations that they later voted unanimously to confirm, wasting days of legislative time. This year alone, the Senate has confirmed just six judges — the slowest pace in over 60 years.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to prove that he can run a functional Senate, but it looks like obstructionism as usual. Republican Senators are not recommending nominees to President Obama for vacancies in their states. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley, known for his obstructionism when he was in the minority, is slow-walking current nominees through his committee. And McConnell is not scheduling votes for nominees who do finally make it through Grassley’s committee.
Sign the petition from CREDO and Daily Kos to Republican Senators: Stop playing politics and get federal judges confirmed.
We depend on the federal courts to protect civil rights, women’s rights, voting rights, and the environment. But right now the courts can’t do their job because Senate Republicans are stalling, obstructing, and running down the clock until 2017, when they hope a Republican president will appoint more conservative judges.
Filling vacancies while President Obama is in office is our best chance of getting judges who will stand up for progressive values on the federal bench.
It’s time for the Senate to nominate and confirm judges in a timely manner, not play politics with the justice system. Sign today to urge them to act.