Dear Chairman Graham and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein:
On behalf of the National Women’s Law Center, an organization that has advocated on behalf of women and girls for almost fifty years, I write to express NWLC’s concerns about the nomination of David Dugan and Stephen McGlynn to the Southern District of Illinois. As detailed below, we have concerns about Dugan and McGlynn’s specific records, but we are foremost concerned about the Senate’s desire to push forward with judicial nominations given the current crises facing our country.
Our country is suffering from unprecedented public health and economic crises, as well as reckoning with white supremacy, institutionalized racism, and the continued devaluation of Black lives. Given the challenges our country faces, the Senate should prioritize providing relief to those struggling and addressing systemic racism and state-sanctioned police brutality. The Senate should not divert crucial time towards confirming federal judiciary nominees, especially since there is no crisis in vacancies for the federal judiciary.