If you were president of the United States, how would you work with the Senate to avoid gridlock over confirmation of Chief Judge Merrick Garland or other judicial nominations in a process that currently threatens a shutdown of the federal bench?
The American people need to know the answer.
As moderator of the first presidential debate tonight, NBC’s Lester Holt should pose this question to the two major party’s nominees.
Right now, the Senate is holding the judicial branch hostage by refusing to hold a vote or even a simple hearing for Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court as well as for hundreds of lower court nominees.
We are in the middle of a Constitutional crisis when it comes to judicial nominations. Not only because of the politics of it all, which are despicable, but because every day Americans are seeing justice delayed as cases languish, sometimes for years, because there simply are not enough judges to hear them. Put simply, Americans are not getting their day in court. Let’s take a look at the numbers to illustrate just how dire the situation is.