WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee today voted, on a party-line basis, to advance the nomination of Allison Eid to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit:
“Justice Eid has a demonstrated record of conservative extremism. She has consistently rejected civil rights and public interest claims, often in dissent as a member of the Colorado Supreme Court. It is telling that she was included in the list of President Trump’s 21 Supreme Court candidates assembled last year by the ultra-conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.
Today’s vote by the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee continues their rubber stamp record of approving all of President Trump’s judicial nominees. Our federal courts should consist of fair and independent judges who will safeguard the rights of all people in America. We urge the full Senate to reject this troubling nomination and act as a check against efforts to pack our federal courts with right-wing extremists like Justice Eid who will set back the progress our nation has made on civil and human rights.”
Yesterday, The Leadership Conference sent a letter to the Senate urging opposition to Eid. That letter is available here.
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.