New Record for Senator Burr Blockade of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland



Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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New Record for Senator Burr Blockade of Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Burr Also Blocking Federal Judge for Eastern North Carolina, Longest Vacancy in Nation

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, Judge Merrick Garland became the longest stalled Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history. For 126 days, Richard Burr and his Senate Republican colleagues have refused to even consider the widely-respected jurist.  Burr also obstructed the nomination of Jennifer May-Parker and then Patricia Timmons-Goodson to a federal judgeship for the Eastern District of North Carolina, which has the longest running judicial vacancy in the country, stretching more than ten years. During President George W. Bush’s Administration, Senator Burr called for judicial nominees “regardless of party, [to] receive an up-or-down vote.” Now, during a Democratic Administration, he’s changed his tune.

“This is typical Washington politics and it’s hurting the people of North Carolina. Burr won’t do the job we are paying him to do. Now, it’s time for a change,” said Matt Kravitz, Press Secretary for the North Carolina Democratic Party.

In districts with a judicial emergency, citizens who “petition the government for a redress of grievances” face long delays, often years. These delays affect Americans pursuing claims on a range of issues, including civil rights, business contracts, immigration, environment, and government benefits. In addition to delayed justice, many litigants, such as small businesses, are forced prematurely into settlements just to end the cost and uncertainty of their case.




The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is the North Carolina affiliate of the Democratic Party. NCDP works to elect Democratic public officials, encourages North Carolinians to become involved in Democratic politics, and fights for equality, opportunity and prosperity for all North Carolinians.