President Trump reached a milestone in his term when the Senate confirmed Rodolfo Ruiz to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Ruiz is President Trump’s 100th judge.
Two more judges for Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania are awaiting Senate votes as well. These judges will bring Trump’s total number confirmed to 102 if they manage to pass the Senate hurdles.
The Washington Examiner has more details:
Trump’s judicial appointments include two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, 37 federal appeals court judges, and 61 federal district court judges.
In anticipation of the milestone, the president lauded the work of the Senate in confirming his judicial nominees, telling attendees of a dinner for the National Day of Prayer on Wednesday that “we’re breaking records.”
While Trump has seen great success in remaking the federal bench, his efforts have been met by resistance from Senate Democrats, who have criticized the president for the lack of diversity among his judicial picks. Trump’s judicial nominees are also young, ensuring they will leave a conservative stamp on the federal courts that will endure for decades.
Democrats attempted to slow the pace of judicial confirmations by using the full 30 hours of debate time for judicial nominees. They have also sought to block nominees by not returning their so-called blue slips to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But Republicans have used their power as the majority party to diminish Democrats’ leverage.
Last month, the GOP-controlled Senate changed the chamber’s rules to speed up confirmation of Trump’s nominees by lessening debate time to two hours.
The Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and current Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have also said an unreturned blue slip would not preclude nominees to the federal appeals courts from receiving confirmation hearings.
In other words, it no longer matters to Republicans whether or not Senate Democrats voice their support or disapproval for President Trump’s nominees. At this point it’s assumed that every judge Trump nominates will face stiff opposition from Democrat scions of “The Resistance.”
It’s worth noting that President Trump has confirmed more judges than any president in modern history. Nearly all of President Trump’s picks are strict Constitutionalists that have been vetted by the likes of the Federalist Society. President Trump’s judges have the potential to stamp out the judicial activism that Democrats so often use to get their way when they fail legislatively.
President Trump still has nearly three dozen more judicial picks waiting in the wings. This includes two nominations to the ultra-liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit is the court that Leftists often go to when they need a bit of judicial activism to rewrite the Constitution. Two conservative judges added to that court could conceivably end the Left’s reliance on the 9th Circuit to get its way.
I’ve said this before, but the Judicial Branch is where a lot of the power in America lies. We can quibble about the reasons why this is the case, but the fact remains the courts are extremely powerful.
Luckily, President Trump’s remaking of America’s judiciary system has the power to bring some balance back to our system of “checks and balances.”