With a growing chorus calling for Senate Republicans to drop their obstruction of President Obama’s judicial and executive nominees, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is finding it hard to explain away all the delays. Yesterday, Grassley was asked about attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, who has been pending for more than five months, longer than any… Read more »
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It’s an inescapable fact that judicial vacancies have worsened under Republican Senate leadership, but that doesn’t mean the GOP accepts responsibility. After the Senate finally confirmed its first judge of the year yesterday, Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, was asked about the rising number of vacancies—an astonishing 10 of which are in Texas—since Republicans took over… Read more »
Last week, in a 6-3 ruling authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, the Supreme Court in Young v. UPS gave Peggy Young and lots of pregnant workers like her a victory. Peggy worked as a driver at UPS. When she got pregnant, she informed UPS that her doctor had advised her to avoid lifting more than… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 15: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s scheduled markup today of the so-called Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act: The so-called Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act is just a retread of something that was tried – and failed — years ago. It removes the… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement today in response to the confirmation of Judge Al Bennett to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas: The Senate has at last confirmed the first federal judge since Republicans took control. This slow-walk approach to… Read more »
So-called Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act would reinstate policy that was already tried, already failed The letter discussed in this statement is available here WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2015: More than a dozen consumer, environmental, and legal advocacy organizations released a letter to the House Judiciary Committee today opposing legislation the… Read more »
AFJ in the News
After months of delay, a unanimous U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Alfred Bennett to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, cracking open slightly a national logjam of judicial nominations and a backlog of cases.
The Senate will do something next week that it hasn’t done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge of the Senate this year that they would move nominees at the same pace Democrats did when they controlled the Senate, Republicans haven’t done much of anything to fill vacancies on federal courts. They’ve only voted five judicial nominees out of committee since January.
Senate Republicans are set to confirm their first judge since taking the majority three months ago, a pace that Democrats and legal advocates say is too slow to meet an increasing number of court vacancies.
On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in three consolidated cases: Michigan v. EPA, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, and National Mining Association v. EPA. At issue is the quality of the air we breathe.