Press Release

Proposed Rules Change Is Latest Republican Power Grab

April 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2019 – In advance of tomorrow’s scheduled Senate vote on yet another rules change in the judicial nomination process, which would shorten debate time to just two hours for district court nominees and certain other nominations, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“This latest power grab by Republicans could have a profound impact on our federal district courts, because if it succeeds it would mean that these courts could be packed virtually overnight with dozens more Trump judges who are anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ, anti-woman, and anti-racial equity. The rules change would speed up a vetting process that is already totally inadequate and is allowing numerous unqualified and unfit nominees to slip through. Unfortunately, that is clearly the strategy embraced by President Trump and allies in Congress: cut corners and break rules so nominees with extreme partisan records get confirmed before they can be scrutinized too closely.”