To: National Desk
Contact: Stacey Holliday of Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126
WASHINGTON, June 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- Concerned Women for America’s (CWA’s) Chief Counsel Jan LaRue joined other conservative leaders today at a press conference to urge U.S. Senators to stop delaying and start moving on the pending nominations of qualified judicial nominees. Senators must hold hearings and bring pending nominations to the floor in order to fill the remaining 49 vacancies in the federal courts.
LaRue said, “Concerned Women for America and our half million members in all 50 states expect the Senators they’ve supported in past elections to fulfill their constitutional duty in the judicial nomination process. Delay, neglect and obstruction are not advice and consent. Nominees deserve and must have a hearing and a Senate vote.
"Judge Terry Boyle has been waiting more than five years for a Senate vote. That is deplorable and can only be atoned for with an up-or-down vote. He must not wait any longer.
"Jim Haynes' nomination to the Fourth Circuit has been delayed in the Senate Judiciary Committee more than a year since his hearing. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) needs to back up his statement of November 11, 2003: “[T]he President’s nominees deserve a straight up-or-down vote. If they get this, they will be confirmed.” Senators must show up at the hearing and vote and then vote on the Senate floor.
"Our people expect their senators to stand up for judicial nominees who are committed to preserving our constitutional republic by upholding the written Constitution and respecting the limited role of a judge. We expect them to vote. Vote yes or vote no, but vote.
“If Americans continue to see obstruction and hear excuses rather than debate and votes on nominees, senators should not be surprised that come November 8, the votes they want may not be there," concluded LaRue.
Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women's organization.