by Christopher Kang, National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
*This post first appeared on HuffPost Politics.
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on judicial nominations for just the second time this year.
At this point, I’m not worried about Senate Republicans doing their job—I’m worried that they’ve forgotten what doing their job even looks like.
Senate Republicans are not only politicizing and undermining the Supreme Court, with their refusal to even consider Chief Judge Garland’s nomination, but they are doing the same thing to lower courts as well. They are likely to damage our entire judiciary—all for political gain, so they can leave more vacancies open for President Trump to fill.
Since January 2015, Senate Republicans have confirmed only 17 judicial nominees.
In comparison, from January 2007 to April 2008, Senate Democrats confirmed 45 of President Bush’s judicial nominees.
The difference is even starker when you consider the circuit courts—the level of our federal courts just below the Supreme Court.
In fact, with respect to circuit court confirmations, Chairman Grassley has work to do if he doesn’t want the worst record in almost 120 years.
So far, Chairman Grassley has held hearings on only two circuit court nominees—the last one was ten months ago—and he has not indicated whether he will allow any of the seven pending circuit court nominees to move forward, taking the obstructionist mantra of “No Hearing No Vote” to a whole new level.