Yesterday, HRC joined more than 40 organizations expressing dismay with the failure of the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm federal judicial nominations. The current Congress is on pace to have the lowest number of judges confirmed in over a half century.
The letter, which was sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), highlighted the seven extremely qualified candidates that President Obama has nominated to serve on the U.S. Courts of Appeals and emphasized how unprecedented the obstruction of both appellate and district court nominees has been. As a result of this failure to act, there are 31 judicial emergencies nationwide and more than 40 total nominees pending in committee or on the Senate floor.
HRC is committed to ending the obstruction of the judicial confirmation process and has been working with our coalition partners and Hill offices to ensure more nominees are confirmed. In addition, following the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, HRC has been working with a number of organizations to urge the Senate Republicans to hold a hearing and a vote on his nomination.
Last month, HRC joined dozens of progressive advocacy organizations around the country for the #DoYourJob National Day of Action to urge Senate Republicans to fulfill their constitutional obligation and hold confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. You can sign HRC’s petition calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to stop playing politics and to fulfill his constitutional obligation here.
To learn more about Judge Merrick Garland, visit our webpage on his nomination and to learn more about judicial nominations, visit our webpage about Judicial Appointments and Courts and their significance to the LGBT population.