These Republican Senators Want Their Judicial Nominees Confirmed. Majority Leader McConnell Isn’t Listening. (Medium, 08/04/16)
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: "When the U.S. Senate left for a seven-week summer recess last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R. Ky., continued to ignore repeated pleas from Republican and Democratic Senators to hold votes on 20 district and circuit court nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved all but one of these nominees on unopposed voice votes (and the other was approved on a bipartisan 13–7 vote). Republican Senators with pending nominees aren’t happy. In fact, all 16 Republican senators who have a nominee (or nominees) pending on the Senate floor have spoken favorably about them and want to see a confirmation vote, as have other Republican senators with nominees who are still in committee. These senators need to keep talking about and urging — and demanding — that McConnell schedules votes after recess. Unless McConnell hears from them and obliges, Americans seeking justice will continue to face an overworked and understaffed federal judiciary made worse by this Senate majority’s inaction. Here’s a sampling of what Republican senators with nominees on the floor have said, listed in order of nomination — beginning with a Tennessee nominee who’s been waiting since May 2015: ...
When senators return from their recess next month, they could swiftly take up all 20 nominees pending on the floor — if McConnell will allow it. And he should, because the matter is urgent: Five of these nominees would fill judicial emergencies — a designation by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts — and in total, since Republicans took control of the Senate in January 2015, judicial emergencies have skyrocketed from 12 to 30. Of course, one nomination still pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee is Merrick Garland’s to the U.S. Supreme Court."
16 Environmental Organizations (including Defenders of Wildlife) Call on Senate to Hold Up or Down Vote on Supreme Court Nominee, Merrick Garland (07/15/16)
Backed by 16 environmental organizations, this letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid calls on the United States Senate to commit to doing its job by holding an up or down vote on the President's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. For the protection of our air, water, wildlife and lands, a strong and intact judicial system is as important as ever.
MERRICK GARLAND: OVER 60 NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL BOARDS THAT ENDORSED REPUBLICAN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008, 2012, OR BOTH, URGE SENATE HEARING AND VOTE ON OBAMA NOMINEE TO FILL SUPREME COURT VACANCY – STATE BY STATE LINKS/EXCERPTS (as of June 14, 2016) (06/14/16)
MERRICK GARLAND: 602 EDITORIALS BY EDITORIAL BOARDS IN 49 STATES & DC URGE SENATE TO HOLD A HEARING AND VOTE ON NOMINEE TO FILL SUPREME COURT VACANCY – STATE BY STATE LINKS/EXCERPTS (as of July 25, 2016)
These 602 Editorials by 295 newspaper editorial boards in 49 states and DC represent well over 90 percent of the newspaper editorial board opinions revealed by comprehensive online research. Click on State names on first page for Editorial Board links/excerpts for each State.
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE (CRS) REPORTS & ANALYSIS ON JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS AND VACANCIES (Congressional Research Service,08/23/16)
Senate delays unopposed judicial nominees, emergency vacancies soar and lack of judges means JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
TENNESSEE EDITORIAL BOARDS & COLUMNISTS URGE: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES (08/09/16)
Editorial Boards Stress Urgent Need to Fill Federal Judicial Vacancies in 2016 (07/20/16) The following editorials highlight the real-world impacts of the current federal judicial vacancy surge and the pressing need to fill those vacancies.
Republican Senators from 15 States Urge Immediate Action to Fill Their Judicial Vacancies (CO, FL, ID, IN, KS, LA, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI) (July 19, 2016)
Need for Senate to Fill Federal District & Appeals Court Vacancies: Editorials & Commentary from States With Republican Senators Who Support Pending Judicial Nominees (2015-2016) (08/23/16)
Defenders of Wildlife & 42 other national groups letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley on growing backlog of circuit and district court nominations (04/07/16)
"[W]e write to express our dismay with the failure of the Judiciary Committee to address a growing backlog of federal judicial nominations. With only 16 judges confirmed so far, the 114th Congress is on pace to have the lowest number of judges confirmed since the 82nd Congress in 1951-1952."
To fill the Supreme Court vacancy, President Obama nominated Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Merrick B. Garland on March 16, 2016
FILLING SUPREME COURT VACANCY: LINKS/ EXCERPTS for
American Bar Association letter to Senate leaders: vote on 15 judicial nominees before recess for the year (12/02/15)
Editorial Boards in all 50 states and DC praise the ESA and Endangered & Threatened Species (more than 600 Editorials sortable by publication)
CONGRESS, PRESIDENT REAGAN, COURTS & EDITORIAL BOARDS AGREE: CITIZEN ACCESS TO COURT NEEDED TO ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL & OTHER SAFEGUARDS
Sort thousands of Senator Statements links/excerpts by STATE, and Editorials & Commentary by Publication, Nominee, or Issue
American Bar Association Judicial Vacancies
Judicial Conference March 19, 2015 submitted request for 73 new judgeships and conversion of 9 temporary into permanent judgeships.
TEXAS EDITORIAL BOARDS: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES DOZENS OF TEXAS EDITORIAL BOARD OPINIONS
IOWA EDITORIAL BOARDS: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES MORE THAN 30 IOWA EDITORIAL BOARD OPINIONS
75 PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS: FILL FEDERAL JUDICIAL VACANCIES
PHOTOS OF OBAMA NOMINEES BLOCKED BY GOP SENATORS (Huff Post, 11/13/13) Why Does The GOP Have A Problem With These People? (Huff Post, 11/13/13)
WHITE HOUSE STATEMENTS Infographic: This is the First Time Our Judicial Pool Has Been This Diverse; 06/08/2016
President Obama’s judicial nominees, including:
Srikanth ("Sri") Srinivasan D.C. Circuit NOMINATED 6/11/12, CONFIRMED 97-0 5/23/2013
Caitlin Halligan D.C. Circuit 54-45 and 51-41 votes (short of 60 needed to end filibuster) WITHDRAWN
Robert Bacharach Tenth Circuit: FILIBUSTERED 56-34 7/30/12 CONFIRMED 93-0 2/25/13