Letter: Gridlock is weakening the judicial branch

The gridlock in Washington, D.C. seems to be reaching a fever pitch, particularly when it comes to District and Circuit Court judicial nominations. Our judicial branch has at least 140 lower court vacancies remaining; yet President Donald Trump is struggling to get his nominees confirmed due to the holdup by Democrats in Congress.

With control of both the House and Senate, the Republicans should have the power to confirm District and Circuit Court Judge Nominations. Instead, the political gamesmanship by Senate Democrats in holding up nominees is not only weakening our judicial branch, but is eroding the American people’s faith in this key branch of government. I hope Sen. Chuck Grassley plays a larger role in expediting the process and pushes for true gridlock reform in order to bring back proper function to our federal court system.

President Barack Obama’s nominees were not held up to this degree, and this should not be a partisan issue. It is time for Congress to start doing their job because their constituents are paying close attention. It starts with confirming the back log of nominations for our District and Circuit Courts.

Kim Reem

Marion

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