This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on November 7, 2022.
The letter from progressive, civil rights, labor, and environmental organizations comes with Democratic control in a 50-50 Senate in jeopardy. If Republicans pick up just one seat, it would hand them control of the chamber tasked with vetting and confirming judicial nominees, putting a damper on one of Biden’s biggest accomplishments.
Progressive groups pressured Senate Democrats over the summer to expedite nominees with midterms approaching to maximize the number of selections who could be confirmed in the year’s closing months. Republicans would take control of the chamber in January if they win back the majority.
The groups reaching out now include The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Alliance for Justice, National Women’s Law Center, and People for the American Way.