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PFAW Statement on Judiciary Committee Vote on Neomi Rao

Neomi Rao
Press Release
Derrick Crowe
People For the American Way
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In response to today’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance the nomination of Neomi Rao to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, People For the American Way Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon issued to following statement.

“Today’s vote on Neomi Rao is the perfect example of Republicans’ eagerness to support extreme and deeply flawed nominees in order to push their own ideology onto the federal courts. Neomi Rao has made clear in her writings and throughout her career that LGBTQ people, survivors of sexual assault and Americans looking to vindicate their civil rights shouldn’t expect fair treatment in her courtroom. But Republicans are willing to advance her nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s second most important court because they love her ideological zeal for attacking important public protections and safety standards.

“Anyone who cares about vindicating the rights of all Americans should oppose this nomination.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.