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Defenders of Wildlife

Press Release

Senate Republican Blockade of 21 Judicial Nominees Worsens Vacancy Crisis

“Once again, U.S. Senate Republicans have unjustifiably blocked a decades-old tradition of clearing pending judicial nominees before leaving town.

December 17, 2011

Contact:

Glenn Sugameli, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment , Defenders of Wildlife

Email gsugameli@defenders.org  Phone (202) 772-0204

Washington, DC--

The following statement is from Glenn Sugameli, who founded in 2001 and still heads the environmental community’s Judging the Environment project and website on federal judicial nominations and related issues:

Once again, U.S. Senate Republicans have unjustifiably blocked a decades-old tradition of clearing pending judicial nominees before leaving town.

“Outrageous, blanket holds (filibuster threats) by Senate Republicans continue to deny Floor votes to every one of 21 pending judicial nominees, nearly all of whom the Judiciary Committee approved unanimously or with token opposition.

“As Senators left town until January 23, continuing obstruction by Senate Republicans ensured that the judicial vacancy crisis will worsen.  Senate Republican roadblocks have prevented votes on every nominee to the federal bench for more than another month, regardless of need, strong home-state Republican Senator support, and qualifications.

“Justice delayed has become justice denied as current and announce future federal judicial vacancies have soared to 100, including 29 that the U.S. Courts has declared to be “judicial emergencies.”

“Urgent health, safety, environmental and other cases require filling judicial vacancies now, as recognized by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and countless Editorials Boards and commentators from across the nation.”

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