Add another set of voices to the growing chorus of Americans fed up with Republican leaders’ unprecedented obstruction of judicial nominations: Federal judges nominated by Republican presidents. According to ThinkProgress:
[Last] week, seven Republican-appointed federal judges co-signed a letter warning of the consequences of the GOP’s systematic obstruction of President Obama’s judges. The letter [is] from the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, which includes Republican appointees Alex Kozinski, Ralph Beistline, Vaughn Walker, Irma Gonzales, Frances Marie Tydingco-Gatewood, Richard Frank Cebull, [and] Lonny Ray Suko[.]
The letter states:
In order to do our work, and serve the public as Congress expects us to serve it, we need the resources to carry out our mission. While there are many areas of serious need, we write today to emphasize our desperate need for judges. Our need in that regard has been amply documented … Courts cannot do their work if authorized judicial positions remain vacant.
While we could certainly use more judges, and hope that Congress will soon approve the additional judgeships requested by the Judicial Conference, we would be greatly assisted if our judicial vacancies – some of which have been open for several years and declared "judicial emergencies" – were to be filled promptly. We respectfully request that the Senate act on judicial nominees without delay.
Americans want a government that works. Why don’t Senate Republican leaders agree?