The White House is not allowing the shutdown to interfere with the work it needs to do, and the work the American people sent Donald Trump to the office to carry out.
Yesterday, the administration announced the re-nomination of 51 federal judges, who were left over from the previous congressional body, and because of new rules in the Senate, it looks like there will be no obstructions to their placement.
“Nine of the 51 appointments are for spots on prestigious and influential federal appellate benches, including two on the mostly liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Fox News reported.
“Neomi Rao, the president’s “regulatory czar,” who would take now-Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s vacated seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is on the list.”
“Case Western University School of Law professor and Washington Post commentator Jonathan H. Adler wrote when Rao first joined the administration that ‘Trump’s selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens.’
“Also on the roll was Brian Buescher, for a seat as United States district judge for the District of Nebraska. In December, Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about the Omaha-based lawyer’s membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic service organization — prompting legal commentators to suggest the Democrats were engaging in religious discrimination.”
“The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono claimed in a questionnaire sent to the potential appointee. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage,” she contentiously argued.
Harris, in her questions, labeled the Knights of Columbus “an all-male society” and asked if Buescher was aware that the group was anti-abortion and opposed to same-sex marriage when he joined.
Such questions indicate a scary shift in politics.
In his response, Buescher argued that the Knights of Columbus’ official positions on issues do not represent every one of the group’s members, and said he would follow the provisions for the code of conduct required by judges.
“The Knights of Columbus does not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately two million members,” Buescher wrote. “If confirmed, I will apply all provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges regarding recusal and disqualification.”
Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson wrote in an op-ed article entitled “Anti-Catholic bigotry is alive in the U.S. Senate,” that questions like the ones from Harris and Hirono fired at Buescher were inappropriate and “scare the hell out of vast sections of the country.”
He’s right. They are both inappropriate and defy the foundation of the Republic laws, which have their base in Judeo-Christian legality. They are frightening because without a higher authority, many people argue, the law becomes dictated by mankind, which leads to tyranny.
“Missing from the list of re-nominated judges, for now, were three conservatives the White House has said it will install on the Ninth Circuit without first seeking what’s known as a “blue slip,” or an opinion, from California senators Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Harris.
“The White House announced in October Trump had nominated Patrick Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee (all from the Golden State, and reportedly all members of the conservative Federalist Society) to the 9th Circuit, bypassing the traditional blue slip process in an apparent snub of Feinstein and Harris.
“The liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to ‘sanctuary cities.’”
The Judicial Crisis Network plans to spend $1.5 million on a national campaign supporting the appointment of federal judges. Chief Counsel and Policy Director Carrie Severino said, “Senator McConnell has restated his commitment to filling the vacancies and has maintained that this is a Senate priority. It’s time for Democrats to end the bullying and smear campaigns and confirm the judges.”
Senate Democrats previously eliminated the filibuster for federal judicial nominees below the Supreme Court level during the Obama administration, so that only a simple majority of 51 (which the GOP has easily) is required for confirmation.
The current Senate majority has also eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, so the appointments shouldn’t be hindered by any democrat tactics, which is a move that most Americans appreciate.