Statement of Doug Kendall, Executive Director:
The Senate breached its duty to taxpayers today by confirming
four judges to a court that is already under-worked and overstaffed.
A Court of Federal Claims judge hears one case for every eight
on the docket of a typical federal district judge. These judges
simply should not have been confirmed without Senate review
of the need for more judges.
It adds insult to injury that among those confirmed today
is Victor Wolski, a self-professed ideologue on the important
environmental issues that dominate the CFC docket. The Wolski
nomination is clear evidence that this administration is using
appointments to the Court of Federal Claims to advance its
anti-environmental political agenda.
Instead of considering whether new judges are needed, Senate
majority leadership played every procedural trick in their
arsenal to secure confirmation of Wolski and three other controversial
nominees without any meaningful debate. It was a shameful
performance that is certain to further polarize the judicial