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Vacancies on federal bench will be topic of White House meetings Monday

May 4, 2012

Reba Boyd Wooden, executive director of the Center for Inquiry-Indiana, will travel to Washington Monday to meet with White House officials about the vacancy crisis in America’s federal courts.

Wooden plans to join 150 advocates from 27 states in a day of discussions with White House staff. A deal between Senate republicans and democrats to allow judicial nominations to proceed in the Senate expires Monday, and the advocates are urging the Senate to hold final up-or-down votes on all pending nominees. Nearly one out of every 10 federal judgeships remains vacant, and more than 250 million Americans live in a community with a courtroom vacancy.

After the White House meeting, the advocates will visit the offices of key senators to urge them to work to end the delays that have plagued the Senate confirmation process since the beginning of the Obama presidency.

 

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