Senate Majority Rigs System to Transform the Courts

Courts News 04.3,19

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WASHINGTON Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote to reduce post-cloture debate time on district court judicial nominees:

“Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans continue to place party over country in their quest to reshape our federal courts and advance their anti-civil rights agenda. They have destroyed nearly every norm and tradition that enables senators to vet and review nominees for lifetime positions. Yet today Senate Republicans are breaking the rules to rig the system and hide the records of biased nominees.

“Fewer checks and balances mean fewer stopgaps against politicians placing anti-civil rights judges on our courts – judges whose actions could harm our communities for generations to come. Each senator who voted in favor of this change is complicit in threatening our fundamental civil and human rights.”

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