To: Interested Parties
From: Marge Baker, People For the American Way
Re: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union
Date: January 25, 2011
While it’s not clear exactly which Supreme Court Justices will attend President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, it is clear that at least some of the Court’s conservative members agree with the President on one pressing issue: the need to hasten the confirmation of judges to the federal bench.
A number of national and local groups will produce a series of events this week to mark the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which overturned limits on corporate influence in elections. In addition to a wide range of local events planned across the nation, a series of events will take place in Washington, DC to show the broad based support for action—including amending the Constitution—to restore democratic power to citizens, not corporations.
President Obama today renominated 42 judicial nominees whose confirmations were blocked by Senate Republicans last year.
A federal judge in Virginia has declared portions of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in a decision in the case brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:
Pundits will spend months discussing and dissecting the results of our most recent elections. Whether the root cause of the results is the country’s economic situation, the flood of outside money or something else, one thing is clear: Americans are angry at gridlock and partisanship in Washington. They don’t want political squabbles and they don’t want more talking points: they want a government that works.
And a well functioning judicial branch is central to having such a government.