Our federal courts have long provided a level playing field in which regular Americans can stand up for their rights and be considered equal to powerful interests. Increasingly, Americans are finding it harder to take their cases to court and have their voices heard.
Much is at stake in court for issues progressives have fought for, and courts are where Americans go to vindicate their most cherished constitutional rights. Put simply: Courts matter.
Right now, due to the large number of federal court vacancies and a Senate that continues to obstruct qualified nominees, there are not enough judges to hear important cases.
Courts matter for all Americans regardless of where they live, what issues they care about, and what their income is.
Senator Charles Grassley was named Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January of last year. As chair of the Judiciary Committee, Grassley wields enormous influence on the confirmation process. He sets the agenda for the committee, and is responsible for scheduling hearings and votes on pending nominees. Potential judges can’t proceed to a Senate floor vote until they’ve been vetted by the committee.
Unfortunately Senator Grassley is proceeding at a slow pace despite the fact that the number of judicial vacancies is on the rise. Of 874 seats on the federal bench, far too many are empty with several vacancies designated as “judicial emergencies,” courts that are understaffed and struggling to keep up with caseloads.
Tell Senator Grassley – DO YOUR JOB! Contact Info: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/
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