On the Hill Updates

On the Hill Updates: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Federal Courts

Astounding well-qualified nominee awaits advancement out of committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on August 5 to advance Myrna Pérez for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Extraordinarily qualified with extensive experience both as a litigator and a legal academic, Pérez would also be the only Latina on the court. The first since Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was elevated to the US Supreme Court. NCJW strongly supports Myrna Pérez for the Second Circuit.

Multiple nominees await confirmation vote in Senate

Three circuit court nominees are awaiting a cloture vote on the Senate floor: Chief Judge Gustavo Gelpí to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Eunice Lee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Veronica Rossman to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. As a Puerto Rican jurist, Chief Judge Gelpí would bring a much-needed perspective to the federal judiciary. Additionally, Lee and Rossman have spent their careers as public defenders, with Lee representing more than 380 clients over the past 20 years and Rossman representing over 250 clients in the last 12 years. NCJW strongly supports all three nominees for lifetime appointments to circuit courts.

Voting Rights

March On for Voting Rights

On Saturday, August 28, March On, SEIU, National Action Network, and the Drum Major Institute are organizing a “March On for Voting Rights” to demand that legislatures across the country end their push for restrictive voting laws and that Congress pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Restoration Act. These critical bills will ensure free, fair access to the ballot for every American voter. Marches will be held in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Phoenix, where voting rights are under attack, and in Washington, DC, where Congress is debating voting rights legislation. Sign up to take part in a march near you, and stay tuned for more resources!

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