Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
On behalf of
the Center for Individual Freedom, I am writing to urge you to support
the nonpartisan proposal outlined this week by President George
W. Bush to streamline and expedite the judicial nomination and confirmation
Members on both
sides of the aisle have long acknowledged the vacancy crisis plaguing
the Federal Judiciary. The administration of justice is being drastically
delayed due to overloaded dockets and a politicized process that
fails to fill longstanding vacancies at the circuit and district
court levels. Today, 79 federal judgeships remain vacant, including
27 in the Circuit Courts of Appeal. Yet, 51 judicial nominees sit
in limbo, many still awaiting hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
plan, if adopted, would not only help reduce the current vacancy
crisis, but would ensure a fully staffed Judiciary in the future,
regardless of which party controls the Senate or the White House.
It sets much-needed strict but fair timelines to be met by all parties
involved in the process. It ensures the timely fulfillment of the
constitutional duties of all three branches of government. And
it will serve to reinstate dignity and civility into the confirmation
The Center for
Individual Freedom is a nonpartisan constitutional advocacy group
with the mission to protect and defend individual freedoms and rights
in the legal, legislative and educational arenas. The Center does
not endorse or oppose any nominee for the federal bench. Rather,
our objective is to encourage the timely fulfillment of constitutional
duties inherent in the confirmation process. President Bush's plan
will achieve this goal.
In the immortal
words of William Ewart Gladstone, "Justice delayed is justice denied."
I strongly urge you to adopt President Bush's proposal today.
Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Member Orrin Hatch
Majority Leader Tom Daschle
Minority Leader Trent Lott
House Counsel Alberto Gonzales