Our nation’s veterans fought and sacrificed to protect the Constitution and the rights of all Americans. That’s why we expect judges who will adhere to the Constitution, respect the rule of law, and not legislate from the bench.
Thanks to the hard work of our millions of CVA activists, Americans now have a Supreme Court Justice who fits that mold. But confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is just the beginning. Now, members of the Senate have the opportunity to bring that level of commitment to the Constitution as written to the lower courts.
President Trump has announced five new judicial nominees to fill positions on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th Circuit Courts: Joan Larsen (6th), John Bush (6th), Amy Barrett (7th), David Stras (8th), and Kevin Newsom (11th). As with Justice Gorsuch, CVA and our activists believe these judges are principled jurists who put the rule of law first and don’t engage in judicial activism.
Justices Joan Larsen and David Stras both appeared on President Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees last year. Justice Larsen is a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice Stras clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Amy Barrett is a law professor at Notre Dame University Law School.
When President Trump nominated Justice Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, our base of veterans, military families, and freedom-loving citizens mobilized. They made over 350,000 phone calls talking to Americans around the country about Justice Gorsuch and urging them to contact their Senators. Our efforts paid off when Senators Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Donnelly voted to confirm Justice Gorsuch.
Our activists now stand ready to support the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees. While getting a principled justice confirmed to the Supreme Court is a big win for constitutional rights, this is only a first step. The court only hears around 80 cases a year, compared to the over 360,000 cases that are filed in the lower courts each year. These judges will have a major role in determining the cases that will impact the lives of veterans and their families.
With over 120 vacancies to fill on the lower courts, the Senate should approve these five strong, qualified judges quickly and cleanly. It’s time to ensure our lower courts return to protecting the rights our veterans fought to defend.