As president-elect Donald Trump enters the Oval Office next month, over one hundred federal judiciary positions remain unfilled–including an unfilled seat on the Supreme Court.
And Democrats are quite concerned as this number is almost double the judicial appointments Obama was greeted with back in 2008.
According to The Washington Post:
Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.
The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to hand over to Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush’s presidency.
Confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees slowed to a crawl after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015. Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for what they characterize as an unprecedented level of obstruction in blocking the Democratic president’s court picks.
The result is a multitude of openings throughout the federal circuit and district courts that will allow the new Republican president to quickly make a wide array of lifetime appointments.
And what’s at stake? The better question is — what isn’t?
With tumultuous debates over everything from abortion to gun control to immigration, these appointments — especially filling Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court — will prove crucial in 2017.
Republican stalling tactics have been criticized as “twenty-five of Obama’s court nominees were pending on the Senate floor” and “did not get a vote before the Senate ended its two-year term before the holidays.”
However, no matter how much liberals want to moan and groan, the Senate confirmed more of Obama’s appointments than his predecessor, George W. Bush.
There is certainly no time to stall now. After months of federal cases piling up, the courts are backlogged and there are now “38 so-called judicial emergencies.”