Senate Still Has Time to #DoYourJob on Judges
There are 25 judicial nominees, all of whom were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support, who are waiting for a confirmation vote. If Senate leadership agreed, the Senate could vote on their nominations as a group in a matter of minutes. If the Senate fails to act before the end of the year, all of these nominations will go back to the drawing board – and millions of people in the jurisdictions where these nominees would serve will continue to wait for a fully functioning judiciary.
You may ask why we should expect Senate leadership to take action on these nominees after dragging their heels for months (and putting aside, for the moment, their failure to even schedule hearings on the nomination of Judge Garland to the Supreme Court), with a new Congress and Administration around the corner. The answer: we should never stop holding our elected representatives to the standard of doing the people’s business – in this case, making sure that the third branch of government is fully staffed and able to dispense justice. Senate, #DoYourJob.