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Judicial nominations are still on the Senate's to-do list

Posted on 12/01/2010 @ 01:33 PM

We at HFJ continue to push the Senate to confirm non-controversial, qualified judicial nominees like Mary Murguia and Albert Diaz who have been nominated to serve on courts that face growing backlogs of cases.

As we have highlighted before, judges Murguia and Diaz are just two of the many qualified nominees who have been stuck in the Senate's extraordinary gridlock. With 2010 winding down, issues like tax cuts, unemployment and the START nuclear weapons treaty have dominated Congress's attention. As a result, resolving the judicial emergencies that our courts face is sliding down the Senate’s to-do list.

In fact, today Senate Republicans signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid refusing to support any other piece of legislation until Congress extends the Bush tax cuts. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did later clarify that judicial nominations were not included in the Republicans' threat, but the letter further demonstrates the contentious atmosphere on Capitol Hill. And just how important it is that we urge our Senators to confirm great nominees like Murguia and Diaz.

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