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GOP holding up judicial appointments for no good reason

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To the editor,

The GOP in the U.S.Senate is filibustering President Obama’s nominees for dozens of seats on the federal judiciary. As of March 12, 2012 there were 22 judicial nominees waiting for the Senate vote. This means, among other things, that court dockets are so full that there are not enough judges to hear cases in a timely manner. I thought that we had the right in American for a “speedy trial”. Not under the GOP we don’t. The sad thing is ...

To the editor,

The GOP in the U.S.Senate is filibustering President Obama’s nominees for dozens of seats on the federal judiciary. As of March 12, 2012 there were 22 judicial nominees waiting for the Senate vote. This means, among other things, that court dockets are so full that there are not enough judges to hear cases in a timely manner. I thought that we had the right in American for a “speedy trial”. Not under the GOP we don’t. The sad thing is that in the Senate Judiciary Committee these nominees were approved by both Democrats and Republicans until these nominees came up for a floor vote in the Senate. That is when the GOP took over by blocking these appointments.

After months of the Republicans filibustering these Federal and Circuit Judge appointments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, threatened to file “cloture petitions”. A Cloture Petition is the procedural maneuver needed to halt a filibuster in the Senate. By doing this the Senate would have to spend hundreds of hours on procedural votes to get each judicial appointment approval. Well guess what? Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader gave in. The result, was an agreement on eleven appointments — still leaving eleven appointments unfilled. So much for a speedy trial.

Most of us don’t really pay attention to these kinds of appointments. This news doesn’t make the headlines daily. My point is that the GOP, in order to keep their promise to get Obama out of the White House at any cost, is doing EVERYTHING it can to OBSTRUCT the “work of the people” down to appointing judges. Give me a break here—we are not talking about an appointment to the Supreme Court.

Cathy Dawson

Laconia