Letter: Senate Must Work to Confirm Nearly 200 Nominees by Year-End Deadline

Dear Leader McConnell and Republican Senators,

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.

With this in mind, we ask you to keep the Senate in session to confirm all pending conservative executive and judicial nominations before adjourning for the year -- around the clock, including nights and weekends if necessary. Particularly now that the 60-vote threshold is no longer a barrier, there is no excuse for not continuously confirming nominees.

These nominees are critical for the integrity of the judiciary, but also critical to ensuring that executive branch agencies are fully implementing President Trump’s agenda. From the courts to the agencies, President Trump needs nominees committed to his stated policy goals.

Conservatives have been calling on the Senate to take this action for the better part of the last two years, and we repeat it again today. We call on Senate Republicans to stay in session, instead of working only 2.5 days a week. We also ask Senate Republicans to use the full measure of the Senate’s rules against Democrats bent on obstructing non-controversial nominations.

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.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

William L. Walton

Chairman

CNP Action, Inc.

Rachel Bovard

Policy Director

Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)

Tom McClusky

President

March for Life Action

Penny Young Nance

President & CEO

Concerned Women for America

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

Partner

Foley & Lardner LLP

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman

Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II

President

Senate Conservatives Fund

Jessica Anderson

Vice President

Heritage Action for America

The Honorable Bob McEwen

Former Member, Ohio

U.S. House of Representatives

Matt Schlapp

Chairman

American Conservative Union (ACU)

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising, Inc.

Sean Noble

President

American Encore

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

Tim LeFever

Chairman

Capitol Resource Institute

Bob Carlstrom

President

The Carlstrom Group, LLC

David Roberts

CEO

Defiance Press & Publishing

The Honorable Terrence Scanlon

Retired Chairman and President

Capital Research Center

Kathleen Alva Patten

President & CEO

American Target Advertising

Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Melvin Adams

Former President

Renewanation

George S. Dunlop

Owner

Windy Notch Farm

Dean Nelson

National Outreach Director

Human Coalition

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin

President

The Martin Foundation

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain

National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)

Quin Hillyer

Veteran conservative columnist

Jenna Ellis

Director of Public Policy

James Dobson Family Institute

Jeremy Cerone

CEO

EliteSafe Inc.

Ed Martin

President

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Floyd Brown

Chairman

America Fighting Back

Andresen Blom

President

Hawaiian Values

Clare M. Lopez

Vice President for Research & Analysis

Center for Security Policy

Jeff Hunt

Director

Centennial Institute

Kelly Shackelford

President/CEO

First Liberty Institute

Seton Motley

President

Less Government

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

conservativehq.com

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

Alan P. Dye

Partner

Webster, Chamberlain & Bean

Craig