|(Washington, D.C.) Despite the COVID-19 global health crisis, the Trump-Pence Administration and Mitch McConnell continue to push forward the confirmation of judges to lifetime positions in courts across the country. Since March 11, the White House has nominated five judges, and McConnell has made clear that when the Senate returns on May 4, confirming judges will be a top priority.
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is calling for a halt in judicial confirmations during the health crisis and while the country is suffering from the aftermath of the pandemic.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of NWLC:
“Right now, there’s a global health and employment crisis – not a vacancy crisis in our courts. The president and Mitch McConnell must be clear that this unprecedented time can’t mean business as usual. This Trump Administration has already aggressively pushed and confirmed a record number of judges for lifetime seats who have records that are hostile to our fundamental rights. And now, when McConnell is faced with the opportunity to provide aid to millions of desperate families, he is instead insisting the Senate shift its critical focus to confirming judges. Enough is enough. Our leaders must prioritize protecting people across the country who desperately need jobs and lifesaving health care.”