Director of Justice Programs
If there’s a new Era of Good Feelings prevailing in the Senate with respect to President Obama’s nominees to key posts, apparently the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee didn’t get the memo.
In other words, “it’s not you; it’s the institution.”
To paraphrase Troy McClure from The Simpsons, you may remember this argument from such nomination fights as the National Labor Relations Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to name a few.
We hope that, as with those nominees, Senate Republicans come to their senses and allow yes-or-no votes on all three nominees to the D.C. Circuit. We have good company in that hope. Just yesterday, we were proud to be one of 97 organizations nationwide to send a letter calling on all senators to allow yes-or-no confirmation votes for Patricia Millett, Cornelia Pillard, and Judge Robert Wilkins. As we wrote in that letter:
Whether you support or oppose Millett, Pillard, and Wilkins, please allow the American people to see you and your Senate colleagues express that position in a yes-or-no confirmation vote for all three nominees.Otherwise, the Era of Good Feelings will be a very short one indeed.