The US Senate returns to work on Monday, September 13. At approx 5:30pm, the US Senate is scheduled to vote to confirm a judge from Tennessee to the Sixth Circuit.
As a North Carolinian, I want to ask Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan why Judge Catherine Eagles has not been scheduled for a confirmation vote. I want the media to ask Senators Burr and Hagan why Judge Eagles has been blocked from even a simple unanimous consent request.
As you may recall, Judge Jim Wynn was confirmed to the Fourth Circuit via a unanimous consent request just a few weeks ago. At that very moment, 2 district court judges from South Carolina were confirmed. Why was Judge Eagles not on that same list as those 2 district court judges from South Carolina?
Catherine Eagles has been waiting for a floor vote for OVER FOUR MONTHS.
Judge Eagles was reported from committee on May 4.
It is September.
Who is holding things up?
It would take literally 20 seconds for any senator (Burr, Hagan, or anyone else) to make a unanimous consent request to confirm Judge Eagles on the floor of the Senate.
If both NC Senators truly support Judge Eagles, they should be taking 20 seconds each day to make such request on the floor of the Senate until the person responsible for the hold reveals themselves publicly.
20 seconds is all it takes.
No other US Senator should be able to hold up Judge Catherine Eagles. She is a nominee to the Middle District of NC. Her district would only cover part of NC.
Senators Burr and Hagan, reveal the cause of this absurd delay for a district court judge.
MSM, investigate and report on who is fighting this well-respected and well-qualified NC judge...for a change.