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Dec 11, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members released the following statement in support of the Latino judicial nominees being blocked by Senate Republicans. Four Latino judicial nominees are awaiting confirmation after more than 130 days. In the case of Judge Felipe Restrepo, his nomination to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has been pending for over 390 days.

The four Latino judicial nominees are:

  • Felipe Restrepo  – US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • John Michael Vazquez – US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Armando Bonilla – Court of Federal Claims
  • Dax Eric Lopez – Northern District of Georgia

CHC Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez:  “It is incomprehensible that Republicans are playing politics with our judicial system, especially at a time when our courts are most overwhelmed and in need of judges.  What we have before us is another example of Republican obstructionism.  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges the swift confirmation of the four highly qualified Latino judicial nominees.  It’s important to have our judicial system reflect the diversity of our country.  Our Caucus has relentlessly pushed for Latino representation in every sector and will continue to do so until our priorities are mirrored at every level.”

CHC First Vice Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham: “We should be doing everything possible to create a more diverse judicial system that looks like and truly represents our diverse population. I urge Senate Republicans to act on pending judicial nominees, including four Hispanic nominees, who are awaiting confirmation. Help us send a message that Congress can be responsive and ensure a representative judicial system.”

CHC Diversity and Inclusion, Co-Chair, Ruben Gallego: “It’s time for Senate Republicans to stop delaying and confirm the pending judicial nominees. There are four Latino nominees awaiting confirmation – all respected members of the legal community who are more than qualified to sit on the bench. It’s important for our judges and the judicial system to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. Leaving judicial nominees in limbo is a disservice to the overburdened legal system and to the people in their communities who are waiting patiently for their day in court.”

CHC Diversity and Inclusion, Former Chair, Ben Ray Luján: “For too long, Senate Republicans have refused to bring to the floor qualified candidates to serve as judges in our nation’s courthouses. Nominees Felipe Restrepo, John Michael Vazquez, Armando Bonilla, and Dax Eric Lopez have impressive records and collectively their nominations have been pending for more than 1,300 days.  It’s time for Senate Republicans to allow a vote to fill these important positions.”