Dean Heller Urges Senate To Keep Working 24/7 To Confirm Judges Who Uphold Constitution

Dean Heller Says, “The American people don’t get to work four day work weeks and neither should we.”

The first piece of legislation I’ve introduced for the past two Congresses is my No Budget No Pay Act. The concept is simple, if Congress can’t pass a budget and all of its spending bills on time then it shouldn’t be paid.

The Senate should apply the same concept, in my opinion, to confirming judges and I commend our Majority Leader for bringing two more judges to the floor this week, but there is more work to do.

We need to work day and night to confirm those judges, and we need to work 24/7 until it’s done.

The Senate has an incredible opportunity right now to confirm federal judges, who will uphold the Constitution and we should be here every day, for as long as we need, to ensure all judicial vacancies are filled.

When new presidents are elected, they have always been given an opportunity to put their team in place in short order but Democrats have undercut the confirmation process of the administration’s nominees and judicial appointments.

Historically, this is not just a common courtesy, it is an expectation of Americans to have a seamless transition of power resulting in a functioning federal government.

One of the eight judges confirmed was Neil Gorsuch, who I am thankful now serves on the Supreme Court as Justice Gorsuch is an example of the type of judge we have the chance to put in place. Like with Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation, we need to do all that is necessary to fill these vacancies with great judges like him.

President Trump has nominated many judges and has more to nominate. For those that he’s already nominated, it’s our duty to carefully review these nominations and ensure that these judges are confirmed in a timely manner.

We must be willing to put in as much time as needed, whether that means working weekends, cancelling state work periods, or working all through the night to get these constitution-loving judges confirmed.

I know that this is important to all of us, but we need to do better.

Recently, I was proud to partner with Senator Perdue and several of my other colleagues in calling on the Senate to work 24/7 until we get our work done.

We have a substantial list of important work to complete, including confirming the judicial nominees that the President has sent us, passing tax reform, fixing our broken healthcare system, and funding the government.

The American people elected us to complete these critical tasks. They elected us to deliver a simpler, fairer tax code and to make sure that our federal judiciary is fully occupied with judge’s whose sole focus is to uphold the Constitution as it was written.

I am calling on all of us to do what the people sent us here to do and not let a light schedule stop us from fulfilling our duties. The American people don’t get to work four day work weeks and neither should we.

This isn’t France. We should be working a full work week to get this done.

Let’s make it clear to our constituents that we are fighting for hardworking Americans every single day.

Americans do what it takes to get the job done.

Dean Heller

U.S. Senator, Nevada

*Article based off of Senator Dean Heller’s speech given on the floor October 26th.