Senate Committee Advances Dangerous Judicial Nominee

Courts News 06.20,19

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WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance the nomination of Daniel Bress (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).

“Bress, a young conservative ideologue, is the third nominee to the Ninth Circuit to advance over the objection of both Ranking Member Feinstein and Senator Harris this year alone. This unravelling of a long-established process is part of Trump’s efforts to reshape the courts and, in particular, to remake the Ninth Circuit, which has correctly ruled against his extreme and dangerous policies on several occasions. Chairman Graham’s decision to force this nomination through in spite of the objections of both home-state senators is the latest example of the breakdown of precedents and traditions that historically protected our courts through senators’ advice and consent. Despite lacking California ties, Bress was advanced by Senate Republicans, which ends yet another Senate norm. The full Senate must reject this troubling nomination.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in opposition to the confirmation of Daniel Bress.

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