The Senate recess is a great time for advocates who care about our courts to connect with homestate senators. Two issues are key right now: the trend of extreme, ultraconservative ideology and lack of qualifications that have been so prevalent among Trump’s nominees, and the efforts by GOP leadership in the Senate to destroy the blue-slip tradition for judicial nominations, advancing nominees over the objection of home-state senators.
Among Trump’s nominees now serving lifetime tenures on the federal bench are judges with records that show hostility to the rights of women, LGBTQ people, people of color, immigrants, and workers. Many are hostile to common-sense health and safety regulations that protect the air we breathe and the water we drink, ensure safe products for consumers and provide protections from workplace hazards for employees. It’s important to be informed about these disturbing characteristics of nominees who could use the power of federal courts to curtail hard-won rights for millions of people. For more information about these nominees and their records, check out Alliance for Justice’s Judicial Nominee reports here.
For more information about blue slips and why it’s so important to let your senators know you care about them, keep reading! You’ll also find tips on how to make the most of this recess opportunity to stand up for blue slips and show your senators you want judicial nominees who will uphold rights for all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful.