Our Resistance will be busy this week. It was difficult to select a priority, but here’s the one for today from our friends at Indivisible Ventura – because the influence of judges lasts a long time.
45 is packing the courtswith anti-labor, anti-women’s rights, anti-workers’ rights, anti-civil rights and anti-LGBTQ rights, right-wing judges. This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley aim to confirm multiple federal judges as quickly as possible. They have set up a week with six votes and hearings starting May 7.
To speed the process, Grassley has abandoned the “blue slip” process whereby a Senator from a nominee’s state may block an appointment. The Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, strongly opposed thismove in the case of Seventh Circuit nominee Michael Brennan, which is being pushed forward over the objection of his home-state senatorTammy Baldwin. Feinstein has noted that if Brennan is confirmed it would be the first time in more than 30 years that a circuit court nominee was confirmed over a home-state senator’s objections. Meanwhile, there are reports that a hearing will be held Wednesday for Ninth Circuit (which includes California) nominee, Ryan Bounds of Oregon, for whom neither Oregon senator has returned a blue slip signaling approval for the process to advance. No circuit court nominee has ever been confirmed over objections of both home-state senators. This is an affront to the traditional role of Senators to provide “advice and consent.” Even in this era in which rules and norms are broken daily in the Senate and at the White House, no federal judicial nominee has ever been granted a committee hearing when both home-state senators have withheld their blue slips.
Call Senator Feinstein to give her a thumbs up for being on the right side of justice and ask her to keep fighting for us. Say something like:
I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator Feinstein to voice my outrage that Senators Grassley and McConnell, are destroying the time-honored blue slip system.
Call Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430