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President Biden is fulfilling his promise to create a federal judiciary that reflects America today. He has nominated the most diverse set of candidates in U.S. history, including some with labor backgrounds and the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.
Positions that require Senate confirmation include federal judges, members of the president’s cabinet, and specified officers in federal agencies. Approval requires a simple majority—51 votes if all 100 senators are present. When there’s a tie, the vice president casts the deciding vote.
NEA monitors and takes positions on nominees for the federal judiciary, including district courts (the trial court), circuit courts (the first level of appeal), and the Supreme Court of the United States (the final level of appeal). We also take positions on nominations for Secretary of Education and other critical positions.
The nominee’s record on key issues—including public education, civil rights, and workers’ rights—determine whether we support them.
Letters & Testimony
Submitted on 01/31/2023