President Obama is launching an aggressive new push to move more stalled judicial nominees through the Senate.
The president has invited 150 supporters from across the country concerned about the judicial vacancy rate to the White House on Monday for a forum and strategy session with administration officials, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Washington Times.
In the invite, the White House accused Republicans of subjecting consensus nominees to “unprecedented delays and filibusters.”
“Half of all Americans — over 130 million of us — live in judicial districts or circuits that have a vacancy that would be filled today if this obstruction of judicial nominations would end,” wrote Brad Jenkins, the associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. “This unwarranted obstructionism, as you well know, is detrimental to our courts and the lives of millions of Americans.”
In 37 cases, the courts have declared emergencies because of the length of vacancy and backlog of cases.
The meeting will take place the same day the Senate is set to vote on three judges, the last beneficiaries of a deal between Republicans and Democrats to allow confirmation votes to more than a dozen potential appointees who have already cleared the Judiciary Committee but whose confirmations have been stuck for months.
Those nominations are: U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kristine Gerhard Baker to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas and John Lee to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.