The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to reconsider many of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees that couldn’t pass last Congress’s 50-50 Senate.
In the last Congress, the GOP protested eight judicial nominees, with Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) referring to some as “extremists, partisans and radicals” when they were nominated in last year’s Senate.
But, when the Senate convenes for the 118th Congress this week, Democrats will have an easier time confirming Biden’s nominees. This is compared to the last Congress when they objected to many of the nominees because of their history of giving violent criminals of lenient sentences and supporting progressive causes.
One example is Dale Ho, who was renominated as a judge on New York’s Southern District Court.
During Ho’s renomination hearing last year, Cruz lambasted Biden’s nominees, describing the President’s efforts as being a “pattern of nominating extremists, partisans and radicals,” adding that Ho’s nomination “reflected” that pattern.
Cruz highlighted Ho’s social media history, emphasizing that the District Court Judge “tweeted attacks” at several Senate Judiciary Committee members. However, he added that the tweets were not those of an “intemperate… teenager,” noting that “most of these tweets occurred last year.”
One of the tweets Cruz pointed out was Ho, who worked for the NAACP and ACLU, expressing having “purpose in my work as a civil rights lawyer.”
Cruz then continued quoting Ho’s tweets, adding that even Ho’s colleagues queried whether he was doing his job to “help people or because you hate conservatives?'”