The Constitution gives the Senate the power to advise and consent. That body is empowered to say no as well as yes. And the most important qualification for office is philosophical. Put simply: Does the nominee believe the Constitution means anything apart from the jurists' personal preferences? If not, then the Senate should reject the nomination.
Sen. Cruz's Expatriate Terrorist Act would allow bureaucrats to strip citizenship from U.S. citizens on the dangerously vague grounds of "assistance" to a terrorist group. Americans could lose their citizenship without any trial, conviction, or review by another agency. For Americans abroad, the bureaucrats would even have the ability to deny the right to travel home while a lawsuit is pending in U.S. courts.
While they finally relented and worked across the aisle to keep the federal government running, Senate Republicans continue to fall short when it comes to fulfilling one of our most basic constitutional responsibilities in the Senate -- considering judicial nominees for courts throughout the country.
On August 7, the Senate left town for its month-long summer recess, a pretty long break for lawmakers who have accomplished so little. When the Senate returns on September 8, it needs to start doing the people's business. Surely, the American people, and our federal judicial system, deserve better than this.