by Caroline Cox
Since taking a majority of the Senate in January, Republicans have yet to confirm a single one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. As the Huffington Post reports, such delays are unusual even in a divided government.
Ignoring the real problem of judicial emergencies throughout the country, an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal encourages Republicans to continue their delays on judicial nominees in order to press President Obama on immigration. People for the American Way takes a more reasonable stand and argues that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should allow the Senate to confirm judges.
NC Policy Watch explains the pressing need to confirm judges as “federal courts in eastern North Carolina have been operating under a state of judicial emergency for years now.”
There are currently 55 vacancies, and 23 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 16 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.