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 our opposition to the nomination of Cory Wilson to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
There is no crisis in vacancies for the federal judiciary. Instead, our country is suffering from an unprecedented public health crisis. Given this crisis and the ongoing impact the pandemic is having on our communities, the Senate must prioritize providing relief to those most adversely affected. The Senate and the Judiciary Committee must stop diverting crucial Senate time towards processing nominees for positions in the federal judiciary. This is especially true for nominees with significant anti- health care records like Mr. Wilson.
Mr. Wilson has a history of taking extreme positions as a private citizen and an elected official that are hostile to the Affordable Care Act, the right to abortion, and LGBTQ equality. Given his incredibly troubling record, we have serious concerns about Mr. Wilson’s judicial judgment and ability to fairly decide matters involving health care and non-discrimination protections or to separate his personal biases from the decision-making he would be called upon to do as a judge.