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Year In Review: More Judges, Less Red Tape

- December 21, 2017

Tax Cuts Weren’t The Only Win, President Trump & Congressional Republicans Have Reshaped The Government Through Regulation Rollbacks And A Historic Number Of Judges

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • President Obama issued more than 20,000 regulations, and increased regulatory costs in the United States by an estimated $108 billion annually.
  • Under President Trump, federal agencies have issued 22 deregulatory actions for every one regulatory action issued, and saved the country $8.1 billion in net regulatory costs.
  • Throughout 2017, President Trump has made good on his promise to cut red tape, and in doing so has reenergized the United States' agricultural, energy, and infrastructure sectors by freeing them from oppressive and stifling regulations.
    • President Trump has rolled back President Obama's job killing power plan and ended the previous administration's war on coal.
    • The President has undone regulatory restrictions on offshore drilling in order to unleash the nation's energy reserves and promote energy self-sufficiency.
  • In addition to regulatory rollbacks via executive action, President Trump and Congress have eliminated fourteen regulations through the use of the Congressional Review Act-more than the combined efforts of the previous three administrations.
  • President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and received praise from newspapers and legal scholars of all stripes across the country for the nomination.
  • President Trump has had twelve federal appeals court nominees confirmed this year, setting a record for the most confirmed in a president's first year.
  • Given the federal courts carry significant ability to shape and interpret the law, President Trump's lifetime judicial appointments will have a long-lasting impact on American jurisprudence for decades.

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AS A CANDIDATE, DONALD TRUMP PROMISED TO ELIMINATE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTED BY HIS PREDECESSORS 

Between 2006 And 2015, Federal Agencies Published More Than 35,000 Final Rules With An Estimated Cost Of Between $74 And $110 Billion Annually

According To The Obama Administration's Office Of Management And Budget, From 2006 Until 2015, Federal Agencies Published 36,289 Final Rules, With 555 Having An Impact Of At Least $100 Million Annually. "From FY 2006 through FY 2015, Federal agencies published 36,289 final rules in the Federal Register. 13 OMB reviewed 2,753 of these final rules under Executive Orders 12866 and 13563.14 Of these OMB-reviewed rules, 555 are considered major rules, primarily as a result of their anticipated impact on the economy (i.e., an impact of $100 million in at least one year)." ("2016 Draft Report To Congress On The Benefits And Costs Of Federal Regulations And Agency Compliance With The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act," Office Of Management And Budget , p.2, 12/23/16)

The Estimated Annual Cost Of Regulations Issued From 2006 Until 2015 Was Between $74 And $110 Billion According To The Obama Administration's OMB. "In 2014 dollars, aggregate annual benefits are estimated to be between $269 and $872 billion and costs between $74 and $110 billion." ("2016 Draft Report To Congress On The Benefits And Costs Of Federal Regulations And Agency Compliance With The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act," Office Of Management And Budget , p.2, 12/23/16)

According To The Heritage Foundation, The Cumulative Increase In Regulations Under The Obama Administration Was Almost $108 Billion Annually. "Overall, the cost of major rules issued in 2015 by the Obama Administration-net of regulatory decreases-totaled more than $22 billion, bringing the seven-year cumulative increase in regulatory costs to almost $108 billion annually." (James Galluso, and Diane Katz, "Red Tape Rising 2016: Obama Regs Top $100 Billion Annually," The Heritage Foundation , 5/23/16)

From 2009 Until 2015, The Obama Administration Issued 20,642 Rules That Cost An Estimated $107.7 Billion. (James Galluso, and Diane Katz, "Red Tape Rising 2016: Obama Regs Top $100 Billion Annually," The Heritage Foundation , 5/23/16)

In 2016, The Obama Administration Pushed For More Than 4,000 Regulations To Be Passed, Many Costing More Than $100 Million. "Nearly 4,000 regulations are squirming their way through the federal bureaucracy in the last year of Barack Obama's presidency - many costing industry more than $100 million - in a mad dash by the White House to push through government actions affecting everything from furnaces to gun sales to Guantánamo." (Timothy Noah, "Obama Pushing Thousands Of New Regulations In Year 8," Politico , 01/04/2016)

On The Campaign Trail, Donald Trump Promised To Eliminate Burdensome Regulations

On The Campaign Trail, Donald Trump Promised To Roll Back The Reach Of The Federal Government. "Before he took office, Donald Trump promised to roll back the reach of the federal government, saying that he would end the 'regulation industry' on the first day of his presidency." (Danny Vinik, "Under Trump, Regulation Slows To A Crawl," Politico , 6/7/17)

President-Elect Donald Trump Promised He Would "Formulate A Rule That Says That For Every One New Regulation, Two Old Regulations Must Be Eliminated." "President-elect Donald Trump says he has a simple goal in mind when it comes to federal regulations. In a video he released Monday, Trump said he 'will formulate a rule that says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. So important.'" (Brian Naylor, "Vowing To Roll Back Regulations, Trump Faces Uphill Task," National Public Radio, 11/25/16)

As Of December 2017, The Trump Administration Has Withdrawn Or Delayed 1,579 Planned Regulatory Actions And Achieved $8.1 Billion In Lifetime Net Regulatory Cost Savings

On January 30, 2017, President Trump Issued Executive Order 13771, Which Required That For Every New Regulation Promulgated, Two Prior Regulations Be Eliminated. "In his first week in office, President Trump issued Executive Order 13771, which aims to 'manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with Federal regulations.' It requires that 'for every new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.'" (Ted Gayer, Robert E. Litan, and Philip A. Wallach, "Evaluating The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Program," The Brookings Institute , 10/20/17)

Under The "2-For-1 Rule," Agencies Were Required To Offset The Cost Of Any New Regulation By Eliminating Two Existing Regulations. "Under the so-called '2-for-1 Rule,' the incremental costs of all new regulations for Fiscal Year 2017 must be no greater than zero, unless the regulation is required by law, or, consistent with advice provided in writing by the Director of the OMB. Agencies are expected to meet this new requirement by offsetting any incremental costs from new regulations with the supposed savings gained from eliminating two existing regulations." (Roncevert Almond, Marina O'Brien, and Andy Orr, "Regulatory Reform In The Trump Era - The First 100 Days," Yale Journal On Regulation )

As Of December 14, The Trump Administration Has Issued 22 Deregulatory Actions For Every One New Regulatory Action. "Agencies have issued 22 deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action. This 22:1 ratio far exceeds President Trump's promise to eliminate two rules for every one new rule. In total, agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions while imposing only three new regulatory actions." ("President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

In 2017, Federal Agencies Withdrew Or Delayed 1,579 Planned Regulatory Actions. "In this Administration, agencies have withdrawn or delayed 1,579 planned regulatory actions. 635 regulations were withdrawn. 244 regulations were made inactive. 700 regulations were delayed." ("President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

Federal Agencies Have Achieved $8.1 Billion In Lifetime Net Regulatory Cost Savings In FY 2017, The Equivalent Of $570 Million Per Year. "Federal agencies achieved $8.1 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings, the equivalent of $570 million per year. These savings go beyond the Administration's goal of imposing no lifetime net regulatory costs in FY 2017." ("President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

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Through The Congressional Review Act's Expedited Repeal Mechanism, Congress Rolled Back 14 Regulations

The Congressional Review Act Of 1996 Gives Congress A "Fast Track" Ability To Disapprove Regulatory Rules By Enacting A Joint Resolution Of Disapproval. "The Congressional Review Act of 1996 established expedited (or 'fast track') procedures by which Congress may disapprove a broad range of regulatory rules issued by federal agencies by enacting a joint resolution of disapproval." (Richard S. Beth, "Disapproval Of Regulations By Congress: Procedure Under The Congressional Review Act," Congressional Research Service , p. ii, 10/10/01)

After Twenty Years With Only One Congressional Review Act Vote, Republicans In Congress Passed 14 Votes Ending 14 Obama-era regulations. "On May 11, Republicans in Congress had a little celebration for the end of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations, with member after member coming to the Senate floor heaping praise on a once-obscure law known as the Congressional Review Act. Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma could barely contain himself: 'I'm almost speechless when I think about the success. You know, we went 20 years taking up one CRA and then we end up passing 14 of them - all but one. It's a huge success record.'" (Jonathan Miller, "Congressional Review Act Gets A Workout," Roll Call , 12/20/17)

President Trump And Congress Have Eliminated More Of The Preceding Administration's Regulations Via The Congressional Review Act Than The Combined Efforts Of The Previous Three Administrations. "Deregulation is a major ambition of President Donald Trump's agenda; as one example, he has signed more laws rolling back his predecessor's regulations than the combined total of the three previous presidents since the process was established by the 1999 Congressional Review Act." (Justin Sink, "Trump Orders Government To Stop Work On Y2K, 17 Years Later," Bloomberg , 6/15/17)

In 2018, The Trump Administration Deregulatory Agenda Is Not Done, As Agencies Have Committed To Cutting $9.8 Billion In Lifetime Regulatory Costs

According To The White House, Federal Agencies Are Committed To Cutting $9.8 Billion In FY 2018. "Federal agencies are committed to cutting more than $9.8 billion in lifetime costs for regulations finalized in FY 2018. This $9.8 billion in savings would amount to $686.6 million per year." ("President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

In 2018, Federal Agencies Plan On Issuing "At Least Three Deregulatory Actions For Every One New Regulation." "Agencies plan on achieving even more regulatory rollbacks in FY 2018 compared with FY 2017, and plan to issue at least three deregulatory actions for every one new regulation." ("President Donald J. Trump Is Delivering On Deregulation," The White House , 12/14/17)

THE PRESIDENT HAS RECEIVED HIGH PRAISE FOR DELIVERING ON HIS REGULATORY REFORM PROMISES

The Trump Administration Is A "Juggernaut On Deregulation"

The Effect Of President Trump's Regulatory Reform Has Been "Immediate And Dramatic." "The effect has been immediate and dramatic: According to data compiled by POLITICO, significant federal regulation since Trump's inauguration has slowed to an almost total halt." (Danny Vinik, "Under Trump, Regulation Slows To A Crawl," Politico , 06/07/17)

Director Of The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center Susan Dudley Said It Is "Undeniable Trump Is Moving Aggressively To Fulfill His Campaign Promises" On Regulations. "Compared to previous presidents, Trump's agencies have issued significantly fewer new regulatory actions and have even begun to look back at existing regulations with an eye toward cost-saving modifications or outright rescissions. Whatever you think of Trump's chaotic first ten months in office, it is undeniable that he is moving aggressively to fulfill his campaign promises to reduce regulation." (Susan Dudley, Op-Ed, "Trump's Deregulatory Promises Are Coming True And Saving $570 Million," The Hill , 12/15/17)

The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib Called The Trump Administration A "Juggernaut On Deregulation." "While the Republican machine that emerged from the 2016 election may be sputtering on other fronts, it is proving to be a juggernaut on deregulation. And as a priority for the business community, deregulation ranks right up there with tax cuts and tax reform." (Gerald Seib, "The Trump Deregulatory Juggernaut Is Rolling," The Wall Street Journal , 10/30/17)

A Survey Of Manufacturers Found That 80 Percent Say The President's Actions On Regulations Are "Headed In The Right Direction." "In addition, 80 percent of manufacturers say the president's actions on regulations are headed in the right direction, with more than half of respondents saying those actions will allow them to expand operations, increase investment and add more workers." ("2017 Second Quarter Manufacturers' Outlook Survey," National Association Of Manufacturers , 7/20/17)

  • More Than Half Of Respondents Said The Actions Will "Allow Them To Expand Operations, Increase Investment, And Add More Workers." "In addition, 80 percent of manufacturers say the president's actions on regulations are headed in the right direction, with more than half of respondents saying those actions will allow them to expand operations, increase investment and add more workers." ("2017 Second Quarter Manufacturers' Outlook Survey," National Association Of Manufacturers , 7/20/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ENDED THE WARS WAGED AGAINST THE ENERGY AND AGRICULTURAL SECTORS AND HAS CLEARED THE WAY FOR KEY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO GO FORWARD

President Trump's Deregulation Agenda Has Ended The War On Coal

In 2017, President Trump Declared An End To The War On Coal. "Speaking at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trump declared an end to what he called 'the war on coal' and promised a 'new energy revolution' with a thriving coal and natural gas industry." (Justin Worland, "President Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Obama-Era Environmental Regulations," Time , 3/28/17)

On March 28, 2017, President Trump's Executive Order Rolled Back President Obama's Clean Power Plan. "President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday [March 28 th] to roll back the Clean Power Plan rule, keeping a campaign vow to undo the Obama administration's aggressive attempts to reduce carbon emissions." (Ledyard King, "President Trump's Executive Order Will Undo Obama's Clean Power Plan Rule," USA Today , 3/27/17)

  • The Executive Order Promoted Energy Independence And Created Jobs. "The executive order, billed as a measure to promote 'energy independence' and create jobs, will target a slew of environmental measures aimed at combating climate change including the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Obama's global warming efforts." (Justin Worland, "President Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Obama-Era Environmental Regulations," Time , 3/28/17)

President Trump Signed An Executive Order To Undo Restrictions On Offshore Drilling And Unleash America's Energy Resources

President Trump Signed An Executive Order To Start The Process Of Undoing President Obama's Restriction On Offshore Oil And Natural Gas Drilling. "President Trump signed an order Friday to kick off the process of undoing former President Obama's restrictions on offshore oil and natural gas drilling." (Timothy Cama, "Trump Signs Order To Roll Back Obama's Offshore Drilling Limits," The Hill , 4/28/17)

  • President Of The Alaska Oil And Gas Association Said, "Clearly We Have An Administration That Believes That America Can Be Energy Dominant." "'It's a recognition that the era of oil is not over in Alaska,' said Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, a trade group. 'Clearly we have an administration that believes that America can be energy dominant, and that is a complete 180-degree shift from the previous administration.'" (Alex Nussbaum, "Artic Refuge Just The Start Of Trump's Move To Unlock Alaska Oil," Bloomberg Politics , 12/20/17)

One Study Found That Expanding Oil And Gas Development Could Add 1.1 Million Jobs And $36 Billion In Federal Revenues. "A study commissioned by a major oil-industry lobbying group found that federal policies to expand oil-and-gas development could add 1.1 million U.S. jobs over the next decade and bring in $36 billion in federal revenues by 2015." (Ben German, "Oil Industry Study: Wider Drilling Would Add 1 Million Jobs," The Hill , 9/7/11)

President Trump Rolled Back Federal Overreach On The Agricultural Industry And Acted To Protect Farmers And Ranchers

President Trump Rolled Back President Obama's "Waters Of The United States" Rule Which Regulates Small Bodies Of Water Which Are Subject To Federal Oversight. "The Trump administration is moving to roll back an environmental rule intended to define which small bodies of water are subject to federal authority under the Clean Water Act. President Trump signed documents Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the Obama administration's 'Waters of the United States' rule. In doing so, Trump said he is 'paving the way for the elimination' of the rule." (Merrit Kennedy, "Trump Aims To 'Eliminate' Clean Water Rule," National Public Radio , 2/28/17)

  • The "Controversial" Waters Of The U.S. Rule Was Opposed By Farmers Ranchers, And Homebuilder Groups." "Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order seeking to roll back a controversial water rule opposed by farmer, rancher and homebuilder groups." (Jeff Daniels, "Trump Executive Order Seeks To Roll Back Controversial Obama Water Rules," CNBC , 2/28/17)

Agriculture Groups Said Farmers Could Lose Ranch Or Farmland Because Of The Water Of The U.S. Regulations And Homebuilder Groups Said It Was Costly To Their Business. "Agriculture groups have been critical of the rule, claiming farmers could lose ranch or farmland because of the regulations. Homebuilder groups also lashed out at the Obama water rule and said it was costly to their business." (Jeff Daniels, "Trump Executive Order Seeks To Roll Back Controversial Obama Water Rules," CNBC , 2/28/17)

President Trump's Actions To Cut Regulations Will Allow Much Needed Projects To Repair America's Aging Infrastructure To Go Forward

In January, 2017, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Expediting The Environmental Review And Approval Of High-Priority Infrastructure Projects. "Donald Trump has signed five new executive orders - including one to expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects." (Andrew Buncombe, "Donald Trump Signs Order To Speed Up Environmental Review Of Infrastructure Projects," Independent , 1/24/17)

In August, President Trump Signed An Executive Order Streamlining The Approval Process For Major Road And Bridge Projects. "President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that's designed to streamline the approval process for building roads, bridges and other infrastructure by establishing 'one federal decision' for major projects and setting an average two-year goal for permitting." (Mark Niquette and Christopher Flavelle, "Trump To Speed Up Public-Works Permits, Drop Climate Order," Bloomberg Politics , 08/15/17)

  • Since Taking Office, The Trump Administration Planned To Overhaul The Federal Permitting Process To Support Its Infrastructure Plan. "The administration also hopes to advance its deregulatory agenda through legislation to promote its infrastructure plan, which White House officials said will include an overhaul of the federal permitting process." (Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook, "Inside Trump's War On Regulations," Politico , 5/28/17)
  • The Administration Planned To Shorten The Length Of Environmental Reviews And Streamline The Project Approval Process For President Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Package. "The Trump administration may enforce restrictions on the length of environmental reviews as part of an effort to streamline the project approval process in his $1 trillion infrastructure package." (Melanie Zanona, "Trump May Restrict Length Of Environmental Reviews Under Infrastructure Plan," The Hill , 6/7/17)
  • The Administration's Goal Was To Bring The Timeline Down From 10 Years To Two Years For Transportation Project Approval. "The plan is expected to roll back regulations that can slow down transportation projects and streamline the lengthy construction approval and permitting process, with the goal of bringing the timeline from as long as 10 years down to two years." (Melanie Zanona, "Trump May Restrict Length Of Environmental Reviews Under Infrastructure Plan," The Hill , 6/7/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEE, JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH, WAS CONFIRMED TO SERVE ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Despite A Historic Democratic Filibuster, Justice Gorsuch Was Confirmed To The U.S. Supreme Court

Donald Trump Promised That If He Was Elected As President, He Would Nominate A Conservative To Fill The Vacant Supreme Court Seat. Speaking at the construction site for his new hotel in Washington, D.C., Monday, Trump said he will make a list public in the next week of 10 conservative judges that he would consider nominating to the Supreme Court. If elected, Trump said, he would only pick from that list, which is being made in consultation with the conservative Heritage Foundation . (Tessa Berenson, "Donald Trump Offers Conservatives A Deal On Supreme Court," Time , 3/21/16)

In April, Judge Gorsuch Was Confirmed By The Senate To Become The 113 th Justice Of The Supreme Court. "Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday to become the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol's fraying upper chamber." (Adam Liptak and Matt Flegenheimer, "Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice," The New York Times, 4/7/17)

  • Gorsuch Was Confirmed Despite Democrats Waging A Filibuster Against Gorsuch. "On Thursday, after Democrats waged a filibuster against Judge Gorsuch, denying him the 60 votes required to advance to a final vote, Republicans invoked the so-called nuclear option: lowering the threshold on Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote." (Adam Liptak and Matt Flegenheimer, "Neil Gorsuch Confirmed By Senate As Supreme Court Justice," The New York Times, 4/7/17)

Researchers Estimated Gorsuch "To Be More Conservative Than 87 Percent Of All Other Federal Judges." "Research by a group of professors at Stanford, The University of Chicago, Northwestern and Harvard found that based on his campaign contributions before becoming a federal judge, Judge Gorsuch is estimated to be more conservative than 87 percent of all other federal judges - the nation's primary pool of potential Supreme Court justices." (Alicia Parlapiano and Karen Yourish, "Where Neil Gorsuch Would Fit On The Supreme Court," The New York Times , 2/1/17)

President Trump's Nomination Of Judge Neil Gorsuch Received Praise From Newspapers And Legal Scholars Across The Country

Obama Administration Acting Solicitor General And Professor At Georgetown University Neal K. Katyal: "I Have No Doubt That If Confirmed, Judge Gorsuch Would Help To Restore Confidence In The Rule Of Law." "I have no doubt that if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch would help to restore confidence in the rule of law. His years on the bench reveal a commitment to judicial independence - a record that should give the American people confidence that he will not compromise principle to favor the president who appointed him." (Neal K. Katyal, Op-Ed, "Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch," The New York Times , 1/31/17)

East Bay (CA) Times : "Gorsuch's Legal Qualifications Are Excellent… Eminently Qualified To Serve On The Supreme Court…" "By any reasonable legal standard, Gorsuch's work history makes him eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. … Just like Obama nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen before him, Gorsuch's legal qualifications are excellent." (Editorial, "Reject Gridlock, Give Gorsuch A Fair And Robust Hearing," East Bay Times , 2/1/17)

Princeton University Law Professor Robert P. George In The Washington Post: Gorsuch Is "An Intellectual Superstar." "Even people who do not share his political outlook or judicial philosophy, but have read his judicial opinions, recognize him as an intellectual superstar." (Robert P. George, Op-Ed, "Ignore The Attacks On Neil Gorsuch. He's An Intellectual Giant - And A Good Man," The Washington Post , 2/1/17)

  • George: Gorsuch's Intellect Is "Off The Charts." "When it comes to fitness for judicial office, the first criterion usually considered is intellect and education, and here Gorsuch is off the charts." (Robert P. George, Op-Ed, "Ignore The Attacks On Neil Gorsuch. He's An Intellectual Giant - And A Good Man," The Washington Post , 2/1/17)

UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh: "Neil Gorsuch Is An Excellent Judge, Who Consistently Produces Readable, Careful, Thoughtful, Even Scholarly Opinions." "Neil Gorsuch is an excellent judge, who consistently produces readable, careful, thoughtful, even scholarly opinions; and his manner, both personal and written, may ultimately win more converts than did the brilliant but irascible Justice whom he would replace." ("What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?" Politico Magazine , 2/1/17)

University of Virginia Law Professor Saikrishna Prakash: "Neil Gorsuch Is A 'Grand Slam' Choice. He Is A Phenomenal Writer And A First-Rate Intellect." "Neil Gorsuch is a 'grand slam' choice. He is a phenomenal writer and a first-rate intellect (a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar). He is also a judge's judge; attentive to the craft of judging, he strives to pen clear and intelligible opinions, separate personal politics from his legal rulings, and respect other judges even when they disagree with him." ("What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?" Politico Magazine , 2/1/17)

Northwestern University Law Professor Eugene Kontorovich: "Judge Neil Gorsuch Is A Highly Qualified, Serious Judge." "Judge Neil Gorsuch is a highly qualified, serious judge-a conservative, but no firebrand." ("What Could Gorsuch Mean for the Supreme Court?" Politico Magazine , 2/1/17)

The Las Vegas Review Journal : Gorsuch Is "Eminently Qualified And Accomplished…Mr. Trump Hit A Home Run." "That said, Neal Gorsuch is eminently qualified and accomplished. He has been on the federal bench since 2006 following his appointment by George. W. Bush and his unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate. He previously clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court justices… Sounds like Mr. Trump hit a home run." (Editorial, "Donald Trump Picks Neal Gorsuch To Fill Vacant U.S. Supreme Court Seat," Las Vegas Review Journal , 2/1/17)

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SET A RECORD FOR THE MOST CIRCUIT COURT PICKS CONFIRMED IN A PRESIDENT'S FIRST YEAR

President Trump Has Outpaced His Predecessors With The Number Of Judicial Nominees Confirmed

Since President Trump Was Sworn In, 12 Of His Nominees To Federal Appeals Courts Have Been Confirmed, A New Record. "Trump is breaking records with his judicial confirmations. The Senate voted Thursday to confirm James Ho to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which bumps the number of Trump's nominees approved for the circuit court to 12." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations.," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

  • President Trump Has Had More Circuit Court Confirmations In His First Year In Office Than Any Other President. "That's more than any president has confirmed in their first year in office since the Circuit Courts were created in 1891. He surpassed presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, who had 11 circuit court judges confirmed in their first year. For President Barack Obama, the number was just three." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

President Trump Had Six District Court Nominees Confirmed During His First Year. "This is in addition to the Senate confirming Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, and six of his district court nominees." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

President Trump Has Filled These Federal Judicial Vacancies With "Highly Qualified Nominees" Who Are "Constitutional Conservatives." "The start of a new Supreme Court term is a good moment to note some under-reported news: President Trump is rapidly remaking the federal appellate and district courts, with highly qualified nominees who fulfill his campaign promise to pick 'constitutional conservatives.'" (Editorial, "Trump's Excellent Judges," The Wall Street Journal , 10/1/17)

President Trump's Judicial Confirmations Will Greatly Impact The Direction Of American Jurisprudence For Decades

President Trump Has Appointed Young Judges, Which Means "These Men And Women Will Be On The Bench For Decades, Changing The Federal Judiciary." "The judges President Trump is appointing are by and large younger judges. That means these men and women will be on the bench for decades, changing the federal judiciary. President Trump's appointments will make the judiciary much more conservative and the man behind this is a man a lot of conservatives don't care for: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell." (Judson Phillips, "Trump's Biggest Victory Of The Year."' The Washington Times , 12/11/17)

  • President Trump: "That Has Consequences 40 Years Out." "But the judge story is an untold story; nobody wants to talk about it. But when you think about it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge - but 40 years out." (Alana Abramson, "President Trump Just Spoke About Everything From Puerto Rico To Robert Mueller. Read The Transcript," Time , 10/16/17)

The U.S. Supreme Court "Only Hears Between 100-150 Of The More Than 7,000 Appeals Cases It Is Asked To Review," Causing Circuit Courts To Be The Final Word In Thousands Of Cases. "The circuit court judges, in particular, will have a tremendous effect on the way the nation's laws are interpreted. These are lifetime seats on courts one level below the U.S. Supreme Court, which only hears between 100-150 of the more than 7,000 appeals cases it is asked to review by circuit courts. That means circuit courts are often the final word in thousands of cases." (Jennifer Bendery, "Trump's Bigger Win In 2017? His Judicial Confirmations," The Huffington Post , 12/14/17)

The Federal Courts "Carry Significant Weight In Almost Every Area Of Policy." "The federal courts carry significant weight in almost every area of policy: gun rights, executive power, LGBT rights, freedom of religion, etc, and have blocked multiple Trump initiatives in his first year." (Khorri Atkinson, "Trump Has Now Appointed Most Ever Federal Appeals Judges In 1 st Year," Axios , 12/15/17)


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