Thoughts about federal judgeships

There are 870 authorized Article III federal judgeships: nine are on the Supreme Court, 179 on the courts of appeals, 673 on district courts, nine on the court of International Trade.

This administration has confirmed 152 (that’s one in four) Article III federal judgeships, including two on the Supreme Court. These are primarily young, overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. They are going to rule on voter suppression, abortion rights, LGBTQ rights and further erode our freedoms. These judges are going to be in place for the next 40 years at least.

Mitch McConnell has blown up the Senate rules so Republicans can easily confirm the administration’s picks. He forced a rule change to reduce the amount of debate time for district court picks. He has routinely broken from Senate tradition by advancing nominees over the objections of home-state senators.

One nominee, Ryan Bounds, was so bad, even the Republicans rejected him, but that was only after our Wyden and Merkley disclosed some of his previous racist writings. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) also helped bring down Bounds.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is quoted, “We have the oldest written constitution still in force, in the world and it starts with three words, ‘We, the people’.” Think about it.

Sharon Roben Findling