AFJ Calls for Senate Republicans to End Grinch-Like Obstruction and Give the Nation the Gift of New Federal Judges
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Washington, D.C., November 29, 2011—Behaving like the Grinches who stole justice, Senate Republicans are continuing their three-year campaign to delay as long as possible final confirmation votes on President Barack Obama’s nominees to the federal courts. There are currently 22 nominees waiting for final action on the Senate floor, in spite of the fact that virtually all of them face no significant opposition and they have spent an average of 194 days working their way through the glacial Senate confirmation process.
Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron denounced the never-ending legislative logjam, saying, “With the holiday season upon us, this is supposed to be a time of goodwill and generosity for all. With our courts in crisis and our system of justice in peril, we call on Senate Republicans to set aside their unprecedented obstructionist tactics, embrace the spirit of the season, and give the nation the gift of 22 new judges before the Senate adjourns for its holiday recess.”
With 2011 rapidly coming to a close, the numbers tell the story of a dysfunctional and damaging confirmation process:
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Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. AFJ works to ensure that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all Americans. It is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process. AFJ is based in Washington, D.C.