The financial reform bill was one of President Trump’s key legislative victories and a critical part of his record as one of the most deregulatory presidents in modern history. It was also the first significant piece of financial reform passed since Dodd-Frank. Therefore, it is imperative that the regulatory agencies charged with implementing the statutory amendments faithfully execute the mandates set forth by Congress.
James Madison elaborated on this provision of the Constitution in Federalist Paper #43: With regard to intellectual property, as with all property rights protected in the common law, “[t]he public good fully coincides … with the claims of individuals.”
Trying to reinvent the wheel through data privacy regulations would make the United States less great and more like Europe. It is best to proceed with caution and learn from the mistakes and failures of others abroad.
These injunctions allow District courts sweeping power to bind the entire country, beyond the scope of their current jurisdiction. We echo the comments of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas that they “appear inconsistent with longstanding limits on equitable relief and power of Article III courts. If their popularity continues, this court must address their legality.” The judge’s ruling will, moreover, hand ever-increasing power to the administrative state, subtracting it from the executive power.
While House Democrats cloak the bill in terms of “restoring democracy” and “preventing corruption,” the legislation has one goal: to protect incumbents at the expense of the First Amendment, federalism, and individual voter integrity.
We understand that it is not possible for Senators to know personally every judicial nominee on whom you are called to vote. That is why we are writing: to tell you from those of us who have known Tom either personally, for many years, or by reputation through his yeoman and stellar work in the election law arena, Tom is a highly qualified candidate for district judge, and he does not deserve this mistreatment of his life’s work and legacy. Many of the undersigned have known Tom for years, some for decades. Others of the undersigned do not know Tom personally, but are aware of the courageous battles he has fought on issues that are important to many of us in the area of election law.
Close to 200 nominations, both executive and judicial, are awaiting consideration in the Senate. If these nominations are not confirmed by the end of the year, they will be returned to the White House.
The role of advise and consent is among the Senate’s chief duties. For this reason, we ask the Senate to work around the clock to confirm conservative nominees before leaving in December.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to do everything he can to confirm solid conservative judges to the bench, and we applaud him for his efforts this year to do so. However, with hundreds of judges and executive branch nominees still awaiting confirmation, there is still much work to be done.
In order to provide the greatest added value to this committee's consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination, this letter will focus on an issue which has not gotten a lot of attention—specifically, what Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court would mean for America's tech industry. To answer that question, we look to the areas of federal law that will be most impactful on the future of that industry, including the First Amendment, antitrust law, and administrative law.