Trump’s latest judicial picks added to long list of pending nominees
Last week, President Trump picked two conservative Texans, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don R. Willett and Dallas appellate lawyer James C. Ho, to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Both have an overwhelming amount of experience and have received high praise from their colleagues. So, what’s the problem? Unfortunately, Trump’s recent nominations will be added to a long list of judicial nominees awaiting confirmation from the Senate. Democrats continue to abuse their power to create gridlock and either delay or obstruct final votes on President Trump’s judicial nominees.
President Donald Trump on Thursday picked two conservatives from Texas with compelling personal stories to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — including a state Supreme Court justice who zinged him on Twitter during the campaign for the White House.
Subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, the four are being named to a busy court that has 17 authorized active judicial slots. Three of those are vacant, and a fourth judge has announced his retirement.
The appellate court handles a slew of high-profile cases, dealing with a range of issues such as challenges to Texas laws regarding the disposal of fetal remains, requirements for voter identification and a ban on sanctuary cities; death penalty matters; and the NFL’s effort to reinstate a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations.
“It means all the other judges have to pick up the slack. It slows things down,” Tobias said of such vacancies.
Trump’s nominations, however, won’t guarantee quick relief. Tobias said confirmation could take until next spring, given that other nominations already are awaiting consideration.
These judicial picks, who are qualified and ready to take the bench, are forced to wait while Democrats waste time by abusing Senate rules. These politicians should be held accountable for their actions — or lack thereof! Help Tea Party Patriots urge Senate Republicans to support Senator Lankford’s proposed gridlock reforms that will ensure well-qualified judges will be appointed to the federal bench. Click here to sign the petition to end Senate gridlock!