Received this e-mail today from Keystone Progress:
Thanks to overwhelming, non-stop pressure from people like you, Senator Toomey finally made sure that Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, currently serving for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, had his long overdue Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to potentially serve on U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senator Toomey praised Judge Restrepo and said that he’d make a superb addition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. He has an important opportunity this week to show his support for Judge Restrepo, as the Judiciary Committee has announced that it will hold an executive meeting this Thursday morning, and a vote Judge Restrepo’s nomination is on the agenda.
TELL SENATOR TOOMEY IT'S TIME FOR A VOTE ON JUDGE RESTREPO:
I know that you’re well aware of the unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s federal judges. Empty judgeships mean justice delayed is justice denied for people and businesses in Pennsylvania. That's one of the reasons Keystone Progress Education Fund is part of the Why Courts Matter campaign -- this kind of delay is just not acceptable.
For almost all of President Obama’s nominees, Senate Republicans have “held over” (delayed) by at least a week without cause all but 12 instances for President Obama’s judicial nominees, which is an unprecedented abuse of the rules.
With the Senate out next week for its Independence Day recess, holding the vote over will delay it by at least two weeks, to July 9. Why should Judge Restrepo’s committee vote be delayed for two more weeks while more and more cases create a backlog during the judicial vacancy?
Senator Toomey has the ability to ask his colleagues not to hold the vote over.
Please sign the petition demanding that Senator Toomey step up and ensure his colleagues don't delay that vote. As a constituent, your voice is the only thing that can move the confirmation process forward swiftly.
The Third Circuit vacancy needs to be filled immediately. It has been formally designated a judicial emergency by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, meaning there are not enough judges to handle that overflowing caseload.
TELL SENATOR TOOMEY THAT IT’S TIME FOR A VOTE ON JUDGE RESTREPO THIS WEEK.
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