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The Judicial Vacancy Crisis: By the Numbers

missed cases

Every minutes a new case is added to the federal court backlog because of current judge vacancies

Every day a seat on our nation’s federal court remains vacant, it is harder for ordinary Americans to have access to the courts. The numbers don’t lie. We are in the midst of a judicial vacancy crisis.

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Every minutes adds another day to the total number of days current judicial vacancies remain unfilled


No matter the issue — marriage equality, voting rights, employment discrimination, environmental regulation, health care, immigration — our federal judiciary plays an important role in the lives of hardworking Americans.

But currently, judicial seats are vacant because of unprecedented obstruction in Washington. President Obama’s judicial nominees have been waiting far longer for a vote than other presidents’ nominees. The result is a backlog of cases that undermines our system of justice and makes it difficult for most Americans to have their cases heard in a timely manner. The holds on President Obama’s judicial nominees threaten the legacy of a more diverse and fair federal court for decades to come.

The Senate must fulfill its Constitutional duty to get the courts running at full capacity. Judicial nominees deserve a simple yes or no vote. It is time to put aside the partisan bickering, get rid of the anonymous ‘holds’ that Senators can place on a judicial appointment, and fill these critical vacancies so Americans can have their voice heard in court.

Please add my name to the fight against political obstruction. I urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm well-qualified, diverse judicial nominees.

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