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And last -- gave the federal government has posted 6508.
Newly proposed federal regulations act regulations stock up go check -- out.
When it comes interpreting just how all those regulations -- -- your life here is one federal court the plays a key role in making those decisions it's called the DC circuit.
Just one step below the Supreme Court and this week President Obama named three nominees to take up empty seats on that bench.
Republican -- attempting to pack important tip the balance to the left but Democrats say the courts understaffed.
Your -- fair and balanced debate Carrie Severino chief counsel for the judicial crisis network and Elizabeth -- -- chief counsel for the constitutional accountability center.
Great to see bill thanks for -- great to be here I carry their empty seats there isn't the president's job to -- Yes -- the Senate's job to make sure that he's filling them properly that's -- constitution gives them this check and balance.
When the president was in the senate he certainly thought they should exercise that power he voted against a lot of judges he -- filibuster judges he was the first.
President to ever filibuster Supreme Court justice Justice Alito.
So now in question -- shooting at a foot.
He thinks he should -- and -- his best as possible but we still need to get the senators the chance to look at this and there are still a lot of judicial vacancies that are real emergencies the DC circuit.
Well there are theoretically vacancies there is certainly not at the height of those they they have a much slower -- than most other circuits.
That's the that's what we're hearing from -- GOP senators they say that this is day at a lower caseload and there were -- in the past didn't take away some of the seats there on the court did they really need these new three folks well certainly the Chief Justice of the United States thinks they do key and the judicial conference just about a report last month.
Saying that it is imperative that these all of these seats on the court be filled.
It's so laughable that they are these claims of court packing -- all that President Obama is doing is the filling his constitutional duty.
To nominate judges to these vacant seats.
That need to be filled for the good of the American people as you said the DC circuit is a very important court in terms of the complex.
Cases that hears about regulations that affect the lives every -- Americans.
And he needs to fill those vacancies and frankly the Republicans when bush was president pushed very aggressively to fill those seats and now all of a sudden.
-- only eight of the eleven seats need to be killed -- given up.
Well they didn't feel that way when bush was president and it's important that Obama fill the seats now the only thing that has changed since then.
That the American people -- twice elected President Obama but the constitution.
That duty to fill those seats and that's all that he's trying to do just do his job.
And Kerry doesn't get some deference mean added -- we -- on the hill and an elections have consequences he was -- to -- these seats are empty.
Doesn't he get the chance to fill up.
It sure is his job to -- CC hasn't been doing that overall.
He has but 70% of the open make seats that -- still -- nominee in the 75% of the ones that are considered judicial emergencies there's -- DC circuit is not -- mind.
RFR and but at this that people American people elected with 51% of the -- that doesn't -- he gets to put his ideological.
Extreme picks on this on the bench every time.
He needs to be looking for for moderate appointees and that's why it's important to be able to have the senate.
Approval and not just.
Say to senators need to be.
Pushing these through.
As fast the present economic -- He should be focusing on the judicial vacancies that are real emergencies not the DC circuit wherever agrees this isn't this isn't the top priority in terms of relieving the workload of the case of the courts.
Elizabeth is some -- -- playing politics is it a little -- of the PR -- the president does -- you know for the for the court that is very popular people know the import of this court but it's not the one that seems to -- most definitely -- -- that first call the president of the -- well all vacant -- and part of the reason he can't -- some of these other vacant -- is because the GOP senators -- those states refused to play along and give -- names there has -- -- unprecedented.
Campaign of obstruction.
By GOP in the senate.
And immediate clever little strategy that has worked for a large part.
But I don't think that the American people who rely on access to free and fair courts of justice find it very amusing.
And the president is doing what he can't fill the seats.
There are judicial emergencies all over the country and I know that he is committed to filling those seats as well as the -- that he has the duty to -- on the DC circuit with.
Not -- clock should -- all judges who will just followed a lot as we saw with judge -- -- and who was just confirmed unanimously in the senate.
Those are the kinds of people is putting it -- happen but we're on the -- answers when -- quickly ask you on a scale of one to ten how ugly do you think this gets in the senate where they're threatening to change the rules altogether at these all get throw.
-- attending the worse it it's it's going to be pretty explaining it's going to be.
Gambled at any point but there's still room -- prevent it.
Senator Reid's been both sides of this issue himself -- -- when -- Josh -- optimist I'll say seven and everyone will get back to deciding that they need to do their job.
All right Elizabeth -- Karrie thank you both very much we'll see how plays out.
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