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Conservatives Demand McConnell Stop Stalling Trump Judicial Nominees

Restive conservatives have completely lost patience with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his “do nothing” management of the Senate calendar – especially with regard to the foot-dragging on President Trump’s judicial nominations.

President Trump’s judicial nominations have so-far been the most conservative judicial nominations in a decade and a who’s who of conservative legal scholars and judges.

Mitch McConnellYet a Republican Senate has left our judiciary hanging in the balance, with well over 100 vacancies on the federal bench and 22 nominees awaiting action in the Senate. McConnell’s leadership team has performed the Herculean task of confirming just six judges:  Less than one judge per month!

In an effort to light a fire under McConnell and the Senate’s Republican leadership the Conservative Action Project yesterday released a letter to the Senate Majority Leader highlighting the need for prompt action and a more aggressive work schedule to get the judicial vacancies filled.

The text of CAP letter on judicial nominees follows:

As President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, his ability to implement his agenda across the executive branch has been hindered by the Senate’s failure to confirm his nominations.

Under unified government, President Trump has still faced a slower pace of confirmations than that of Presidents Bush or Obama, both of whom had nearly half of their nominees confirmed by this time in their respective terms. Specifically, President Bush had 358 of his 610 nominations cleared. President Obama had 341 out of 505 nominations confirmed. Currently, President Trump has only had 161 confirmations of the 398 individuals nominated.

The slow pace of Senate confirmations is exacerbated by the Senate’s continued insistence on working no more than 2 ½ days a week – arriving on Monday evening for a handful of votes, and departing, on average, by 2:30 p.m. each Thursday afternoon.

Previous Senates worked harder. The Reid Senate of 2009 averaged a departure time of 6:15 p.m. every Thursday, and oftentimes stayed as late as 11:30 p.m. to finish their work. In fact, the Reid Senate of 2009-2010 spent nearly 2,500 hours in session, compared to the McConnell Senate of 2015-2016, which spent just 1,855 hours in session.

Also troubling is the Republican insistence that Democrats are “obstructing” votes on these nominations, as claimed in a recent press release from the Senate Majority Leader’s office. It is unclear what obstruction is taking place. Democrats no longer have the ability to filibuster any nominees, judicial or executive. Any simple objections they do make – such as running all post-cloture time – are simply process objections that can be easily overcome.

Moreover, if Democrats are going to insist on all post-cloture time to be run, Majority Leader McConnell can easily make this painful for them by forcing continuous session overnight and through the weekend. If the Senate stayed in session continuously for a week (including the weekend), they could confirm up to five nominees every week even if Democrats made them run the full post-cloture time on each nomination.

Democrats may be able to delay consideration of nominees for a short time, but they ultimately can no longer obstruct. In the absence of the filibuster, the fate of every nominee rests solely with Majority Leader McConnell and the will of the GOP conference to do the necessary work.

Personnel is policy. In delaying the confirmation of President Trump’s appointees, the Senate is directly limiting the President’s effectiveness. This is not only true because positions remain vacant and work is not being accomplished, but because without the direction of Trump’s political appointees, career officials are left unsupervised. As has been documented in many instances, career officials that disagree with the President have taken measures to actively thwart his priorities.

Furthermore, continued delay results in ongoing unanswered partisan attacks designed to tarnish the personal and professional reputations of the president’s nominees. Both Russell Vought, nominated to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, have been subject to scurrilous attacks by Democratic senators who have attempted to link the faith of Vought and Barrett to their qualification for office. Not only is this an unconstitutional religious test, but such statements subject both Vought and Barrett to unwarranted and offensive criticism to which they cannot give a robust response. Other nominees are being unnecessarily delayed because Republican Senators failed to appear at committee meetings where the nominations were to be voted upon, forcing cancellation of the committee’s action on the nomination.

The Republican Senate should prioritize these nominations and others like them. Vought and Barrett are both immensely qualified for the positions to which they’ve been nominated, and the GOP should confirm them swiftly, not only because of their excellent credentials, but also as a definitive answer to the Democrats who are attempting to place a religious test on an appointed office. Deputy Labor Secretary-nominee Patrick Pizzella is highly qualified and yet the GOP has failed to move his nomination. These are just a few of the stories of President Trump’s nominations languishing in the Senate.

The Senate plays a critical Constitutional role in helping the President shape and implement his priorities by passing legislation, but also by confirming the President’s nominations. We urge the Senate to take its role seriously and act with haste to confirm the individuals that President Trump has selected to assist him in carrying out his mandate.

To that end, the Conservative Movement calls on the Senate leadership to IMMEDIATELY schedule committee and floor action every Thursday and Friday for the foreseeable future to act on President Trump’s nominees for executive and judicial office and to begin working a full week, EVERY week, until all nominations have been acted upon.

The United States Senate behaves as though there are no time limits and no urgency to these matters. They are wrong and we cannot overstate the frustration and growing concern with the Republican Senate leadership for its failure during this entire year to do its work, process the nominations and address the issues that the American people have elected and pay them to handle.

We urge the Senate to get to work – now.

Signers of the letter include the following conservative leaders and activists (organizations listed for identification only):

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
President, Council for National Policy

Adam Brandon

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable Jim DeMint
U.S. Senate
Former Member, South Carolina

Ed Corrigan
Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring

The Honorable David McIntosh
Former Member, Indiana
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Donald Devine
Former Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under President Ronald Reagan

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin
US Army (Ret.)
Kingdom Warriors Ministry

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Jenny Beth Martin
President & Co-Founder
Tea Party Patriots

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

Ginni Thomas
Liberty Consulting

Brad Dacus, Esq.
Pacific Justice Institute

The Honorable Jason Rapert
Arkansas Senate

Joseph A. Morris
Morris & De La Rosa

Andrea S. Lafferty
Traditional Values Coalition (TVC)

Frank J. Gaffney
Center for Security Policy

Mica Mosbacher
Trump 2020 Board

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Kathleen A. Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell
National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute

Austin Ruse

Phil Kerpen
American Commitment

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.

Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
American Family Association

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
Board Chair
Institute on Religion and Democracy

Donna Hearne
Constitutional Coalition

Phillip Leo Jauregui
Judicial Action Group

Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union

Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Senior Pastor, Chaplain Oakland Hills Community Church/Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police

John McCardell
America’s Liberty Committee

Bob Carlstrom
The Carlstrom Group, LLC

Sara M. Olson
Senior Vice President
Concerned Women for America

Gerrye Johnston
Women for Democracy in America, Inc.

Willes K. Lee
President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy

Richard Wright

Eunie Smith
Eagle Forum

Joan Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Andresen Blom
Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action

Dean Nelson
Frederick Douglass Foundation

Randy Page
Chief of Staff
Bob Jones University

Quin Hillyer
Veteran Conservative Columnist

Catharine Trauernicht
Citizen Activist

Tim Daughtry
Daughtry & Company

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Herman Pirchner, Jr.
Founding President
American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

Tom McClusky
March for Life Action

Rachel Bovard
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee

David Bozell

Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Assistant to President Reagan for Domestic Affairs

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988, President Reagan’s OMB

Belden Bell
Cochair Heritage Legacy Society
The Heritage Foundation

Kenneth F. Boehm
National Legal and Policy Center

Seton Motley
Less Government

Penny Young Nance
CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Anthony Saliba
Saliba Venture Management LLC

Rebecca Hagelin
Council for National Policy

L. Martin Nussbaum

Terrence Scanlon
Retired CEO/President
Capital Research Center

William Mills
MPW Properties

Kelly Shackelford
President/CEO/Chief Counsel
First Liberty Institute

Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism

Ron Robinson
Young America’s Foundation

Carrie L. Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Jerry Melvin
Florida Republican Assembly

Lewis K. Uhler
National Tax Limitation Committee

Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Washington Bureau Chief

Richard A. Viguerie

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Michael J. Bowen
Coalition For a Strong America

Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America

Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group

Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute

Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California

Nancy Schulze
Founder, Republican Congressional Wives Speakers & Women for Trump Bus

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

J. Christian Adams
Public Interest Legal Foundation

Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

Dan Weber
Founder and President
Association of Mature American Citizens

Samuel B. Casey
Managing Director & General Counsel
Jubilee Campaign

Peter Bohlinger
Managing Member
Pacific Apartment Homes, LLC

William W. Pascoe, III
Managing Partner
Antietam Communications

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property

Penny Pullen
Life Advocacy Resource Project

Nick Roos
Roos Wellness LLC

Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club

Lisa Calvert
Christian Speaker and Bible Teacher
Rabon-Calvert Interests

John F. Tate
America’s Liberty PAC

David Martin
Health Care Entrepreneur
Cleveland, Ohio

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

Becky Gerritson
Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)

Ralph Schmidt
God’s Embrace Ministries

Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

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Mcconnell is just one that needs to go.

Also Paul Ryan, McCain and all that are impeding progress to keep 'their' agenda open to taking taxpayers money! They have no honor!