AFJ REPORT FINDS DRAMATIC DISPARITY IN RECORD OF SENATE ACTION ON JUDICIAL NOMINEES FOR CLINTON, BUSH AND OBAMA IN FIRST TWO YEARS
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Washington, D.C., November 17, 2010—According to a new Alliance for Justice report, President Barack Obama has faced unprecedented obstruction of his judicial nominees in the U.S. Senate and has fared far worse than his immediate predecessors both in having nominees approved and in relieving the federal courts of the burden of “judicial emergencies.”
With the clock ticking in the current lame-duck session of Congress, the AFJ report, Judicial Nominations in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations: Which One of These is Not Like the Others?, finds that:
AFJ President Nan Aron called on the lame-duck Senate to act, saying, “There is no excuse for not using the remainder of this congressional term to vote on President Obama’s nominees to the federal bench. The Senate’s constitutional obligation to fully staff the courts does not stop just because the calendar is crowded and time is short. The final votes on all the nominees currently being held hostage by Republican obstruction could be dealt with expeditiously, exactly as they were in 2002 for President Bush’s nominees in similar circumstances. The ability of our courts to deliver justice to the American people is at stake, and there is no more time to waste.”
» A copy of the report may also be found here: http://www.afj.org/judicial-selection/obama-judicial-nominations-obstruction-vs-recent-presidents.pdf.
» For a comprehensive report on the Obama Administration track record on judicial nominees during the President’s first 20 months, see http://www.afj.org/judicial-selection/nominees/afj-report-state-of-the-judiciary-obama-at-20-months.pdf