WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on today’s Executive Business Meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Since Republicans took leadership of the committee, the confirmation of judicial nominations has slowed to historic lows. Today’s meeting is expected to address a potential nomination for the Supreme Court and several current nominees to vacancies to lower courts:
“It would be refreshing to see the Senate Judiciary Committee today embrace its constitutional duty to advise and consent on judicial nominees – something that has been woefully lacking since Republicans took over leadership of both the committee and the Senate in 2015.
Since then, the pace of hearings, committee votes, and floor votes on pending nominees has been shameful under Chairman Chuck Grassley, even before Grassley and his fellow Republicans on the committee declared an unprecedented unilateral blockade on all potential Supreme Court nominees, threatening to carry the ongoing obstruction to unprecedented heights.
We urge the committee to actually conduct the important business of considering judicial nominations during today’s ‘executive business meeting’ and to do its job to consider current district and circuit nominees while it prepares for the utterly routine business of providing for a fair hearing and timely vote on the eventual nominee for the Supreme Court.”
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.