New Dems Introduce Efficient Nominations Bill

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Washington, D.C., July 14, 2016 | comments
Washington, D.C. – Today, New Dem members Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Jared Polis (CO-02) introduced the Efficient Nominations Act, co-sponsored by six other New Dem Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), Bill Foster (IL-11), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Ron Kind (WI-03), and Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). This bill will ensure presidential nominations are heard within a reasonable amount of time, preventing excessive delays and vacancies in executive departments of the federal government which prevent agencies from carrying out the work they need to do.

In recent years, the Senate has taken longer and longer to act on nominees, both for high profile cabinet-level positions and for many positions such as circuit court appointees. This bill would give the Senate a maximum of 150 days to consider and vote on nominees. While most nominees are confirmed in a shorter period of time, this bill would provide a safeguard to ensure nominees move through the Senate more efficiently. The bill would not require Senators to vote a particular way or automatically confirm nominees, merely require that the Senate fulfill one of its basic constitutional duties.

“President Obama fulfilled his constitutional responsibility by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garland to be a Supreme Court Justice. And it is time for the Senate to do its job and move forward with their constitutional responsibility to provide a fair hearing for Judge Garland,” said Perlmutter. “I strongly believe – along with the majority of Americans - that it is the duty of the Senate to give Judge Garland a fair hearing and timely confirmation vote. Our democracy demands that this process be handled with the seriousness and the care it deserves.”

Perlmutter is a member of The New Democrat Coalition which is dedicated to maintaining America’s standing as the world’s strongest, most successful nation. Founded in 1997, the New Dems believe firmly in the power of American ingenuity and innovation, and are focused on finding ways to foster and harness this creativity to grow our economy, create new American jobs, and ensure a safer and more secure future for our country.

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