Letter: Lawmakers must address judicial gridlock

We have seen political gridlock in Washington, D.C. for years now. Unfortunately, it only seems to be getting worse.

While it has become a staple in our daily lives, it continues to be harmful to our democracy. The political gamesmanship on display from the left is particularly apparent with our president’s district and circuit court nominees.

Well-qualified judges are not being given the courtesy of a hearing and it is creating a backlog that will ultimately become unsustainable. With 145 current vacancies, it is crucial that these positions are filled in an efficient manner moving forward.

We cannot allow personal politics to stall our judicial system and many of these hearings aren’t moving forward because of partisan issues completely unrelated to the judges.

We have waited long enough. It is time for leaders in the Senate, like Sen. Chuck Grassley, to put an end to this type of behavior. Sen. Grassley must take a stand and push for reform that grants more hearings and confirms more judges.

Sen. Grassley, do not let these judges be stalled any further. As Iowans, we must fight for what is right for the country as a whole and right now, ending the gridlock is the only way forward.

David Solberg


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