July 20, 2022

The Senate must act quickly to avoid hundreds of judicial vacancies

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ACS President Russ Feingold wrote an op-ed for Politico in which he urges the Senate to cancel its August recess to work to confirm as many federal judges as possible ahead of the midterm elections. Feingold explains:

"Democrats now need to show even more determination to confirm nominees in the remaining months of 2022, starting by announcing that the Senate will remain in session throughout August to hold confirmation hearings and votes on nominees. Biden announced a record-breaking 16 judicial nominees in a single week earlier this month, which is a good step towards filling as many vacancies as possible this year and is further reason for the Senate to say in session in August. Many senators are loath to give up their August break — particularly those who want to be out on the campaign trail — but Schumer can point to McConnell’s own playbook in doing so. In August 2018, McConnell unilaterally canceled the August recess in large part to confirm dozens of President Donald Trump’s nominees. This too was done during a midterm election year, serving as a perfect precedent acting again."

ACS is urging its supporters to pick up the phone and call their Senators to urge them to stay in session and confirm as many diverse and qualified candidates as possible. Take action: make your call now!

Read the full op-ed from Politico »