- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Progressives urged President Obama Wednesday not to back down against the incoming Republican Senate majority over judicial nominations.

“Neither the White House nor Senate Democrats should yield to the narrative of an inevitable confirmation shutdown,” said Nan Aron, president of the liberal group Alliance for Justice. “It is the constitutional duty of every senator to confirm judicial nominees so that our justice system can function for all Americans.”

With Republicans picking up at least seven Senate seats Tuesday to regain the majority, Mr. Obama is expected to have a more difficult time with nominations in the final two years of his presidency. Democrats had implemented rules in the current Congress to make confirmations easier through a simple majority vote, to avoid filibusters.

Ms. Aron said the Senate “should not miss a beat” in fulfilling its constitutional duty on nominations in the lame-duck session and in the new Congress next year.

“All of us need to redouble the fight to confirm judicial nominees who represent the full diversity of America and who are committed to upholding the rights of everyday Americans,” she said. “We intend to do just that.”

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