AFJ Condemns Poisonous Partisanship of Republican Filibuster of Judge Robert Bacharach
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Washington, D.C., July 30, 2012—Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement on the failure of the United States Senate to invoke cloture and end the unprecedented filibuster of the nomination of Oklahoma Judge Robert Bacharach for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit:
The failure today of the Senate to end the filibuster of Judge Robert Bacharach for a seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is one of the most disgraceful acts of obstruction in the unending line of delaying tactics used by Republicans to stymie the judicial appointments of President Obama. It is profoundly discouraging that the American political system has fallen so far into the realm of hyper-partisan dysfunction that senators are willing to play politics with the federal judiciary. The Senate has become a theater of the politically absurd, and is so poisoned with partisanship that even the two senators from Judge Bacharach’s home state, who had expressed unequivocal support for his nomination, willingly voted to ignore their obligations to the Constitution and their fellow Oklahoman.
For the first time, a circuit court nominee reported to the floor with bipartisan support was successfully filibustered, breaking long-standing tradition and further shattering public confidence in the ability of the Senate to function responsibly within our democratic system. Judge Bacharach, a highly esteemed nominee of unquestioned qualifications and bipartisan support, deserves a simple yes-or-no vote, and the people living within the Tenth Circuit deserve to have judges to hear their cases, whether it is an election year or not.
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