Senate Committee Republicans Cram Through More Ideological Judicial Nominees

Courts 07.19,18

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote to advance Appeals Court nominees Britt Grant for the Eleventh Circuit and David Porter for the Third Circuit:

“Senate Republicans continue Trump’s court packing with two more extremist nominees: Grant and Porter. To be clear, neither should be confirmed to a lifetime judgeship.

“Grant’s troubling record includes challenging voting rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s access to health care, environmental protections, and gun safety. Similarly, Porter threatens civil rights including workers’ rights and access to health care. Chairman Grassley pushed through Porter’s nomination despite home-state Senator Bob Casey’s objection. Casey expressed serious concerns about Porter’s record.

“This committee vote exemplifies Senate Republicans’ complete disregard for checks and balances. They have reduced the Senate’s independent role on the judicial nominations process to a partisan rubber stamp.”

The Leadership Conference sent letters opposing Britt Grant and David Porter.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is 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 member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.