Judges implore Congress to avoid more cuts
August 16th, 2013
07:03 AM ET
12 months ago

Judges implore Congress to avoid more cuts

Washington (CNN) - Judges from 49 states are beseeching Congress to avoid another round of sequestration cuts, saying they "would directly affect our ability to carry out our constitutional and statutory duties."

The letter by 87 federal judges was sent Tuesday to both chambers of Congress, which are in recess until September. It included chief justices from every state but Nevada.

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  1. S. B. Stein

    There should be some rational members of Congress of both parties to try to talk it out. I can only hope.

    August 16, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That isn't the fault of Congress.........that is Obama.........wasting money, hand over fist.

    August 16, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. maximusvad

    The GOP lemmings think this has to do with a Judges pay....It's about having enough staff to actual present cases...Judges are already paid for...

    August 16, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    In 2014, get rid off this entire idiotic congress. You are better off, this is the only weapon in democracy in the hands of American Middle-Class. God bless!!!!!

    August 16, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. kirk

    I'm sure they will get right on that. The fact that you told them it was an issue will only bolster their idiocy.

    August 16, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. kirk

    Right rick: and what do you call trillions on a war created to extract billions in contracts for haliburton? Your solidly entrenched in the1950s.real nice place you have there rick, don't get out much huh?:

    August 16, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. ST

    The judges from 49 States are quite right (I do not know which state is that – the 50th one which excluded itself). What congress knows is cut, cut, cut. They are hardly there in their constitutions. They have no clue at all how hard it is when a razer blade is applied in every expenditure. Unless and until these congress people come forward and explain what had been achieved by sequester, the exercise must be terminated.

    August 16, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Yzman

    Rick- you are so blinded by your politics you don't even know how our political system works. Congress controls the purse strings, not the president. But I am sure you don't care about that.

    August 16, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    Ah, the sequestration! The blame game goes on, but bear this in mind; it was part of an agreement reached to end the artificial crisis over the debt ceiling. And how exactly did this artificial crisis come about? Give you a hint: Congress and Obama agreed on taxes and spending, and then one party didn't want to allow the borrowing that was caused by the taxes and spending they had all agreed on. All this could have been averted if the republicans had allowed the routine debt increase that they themselves helped cause, and had been done dozens of times as a matter of routine.

    Sorry, right wing; this baby is yours, smelly diaper and all.

    August 16, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. onlyfacts

    Rick, if you'd just turn your TV channel from Fox to just about any other, you might be able to write a fact based statement.

    August 16, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. kirk

    There is a definite stench in the air .reeks of hypocracy. That's all they know. Scare tactics are getting old very quickly, and the elections can't get here soon enough

    August 16, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Data Driven

    "But the most significant impact of budget cuts and sequestration thus far has been the reduction in funding for Defender Services."

    Public Defenders funding is getting cut? Hooray! That'll teach those hippies! Stupid activist judges wanting funding - phooey! A real American can afford his own lawyer!

    August 16, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. Steveo

    @maximusvad
    The GOP lemmings think this has to do with a Judges pay....It's about having enough staff to actual present cases...Judges are already paid for
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    News flash! Both parties have done this but feel free to keep those blinders on! The sequester originated in the White House! Unless I missed something the CEO of the executive branch is a Dem!

    August 16, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Send a letter but nobody home, what a suprize????? Blame the GOP for the distructive cuts and vote them out in 2014 midterms ..

    August 16, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. O'drama ya Mama

    Rick McDaniel

    That isn't the fault of Congress.........that is Obama.........wasting money, hand over fist.
    August 16, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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    To bad every penny the president spends is approved by the Republican run house of representatives

    August 16, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. kirk

    We don't need no stinking facts!!

    August 16, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. Data Driven

    Steveo,

    "The sequester originated in the White House!"

    Define "originated". The only reason sequestration exists at all is because of Republicans' intransigence on government spending on people who aren't rich. Obama may have batted the idea of sequestration around as something to avoid a shutdown, but Boehner gleefully signed on to it, saying, "We got 98% of what we wanted." The GOP was DELIGHTED with sequestration in 2011 while the Administration was doleful about it.

    We wouldn't even be here if the GOP wasn't so nuttily obsessed with spending - spending, by the way, that includes paying the bills on stuff we've already bought, i.e., the debt ceiling. So don't talk to me about "originated". Dude, please.

    August 16, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "All this could have been averted if the republicans had allowed the routine debt increase that they themselves helped cause, and had been done dozens of times as a matter of routine."

    The Republicans helped cause our debt increase? I'm shocked ... I tell you ... just shocked.
    Definitely should be considered 24/7 news cycle fodder, wouldn't you think?

    August 16, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Tony

    Steveo, do Republicans take credit for Obamacare because the idea of individual mandate originated from them?

    August 16, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Dixe

    The whole of government should be locked in a room till they come up with a workable plan to get the US back on a track to pay what is owed. The rainy day funds should go back to the tresury for redistribution in running this country.

    August 16, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    Steveo,

    "The sequester originated in the White House!"

    Define "originated". The only reason sequestration exists at all is because of Republicans' intransigence on government spending on people who aren't rich. Obama may have batted the idea of sequestration around as something to avoid a shutdown, but Boehner gleefully signed on to it, saying, "We got 98% of what we wanted." The GOP was DELIGHTED with sequestration in 2011 while the Administration was doleful about it.

    We wouldn't even be here if the GOP wasn't so nuttily obsessed with spending – spending, by the way, that includes paying the bills on stuff we've already bought, i.e., the debt ceiling. So don't talk to me about "originated". Dude, please.
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    You answered you own question as you stated:
    " Obama may have batted the idea of sequestration around as something to avoid a shutdown".
    Most importantly I also said: BOTH parties have done this. Congress writes teh check or don't write it. That I am fully aware of. I am also aware that the President signed off on it. So, as i said, BOTH parties have done this.

    August 16, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Steveo

    @Tony

    Steveo, do Republicans take credit for Obamacare because the idea of individual mandate originated from them?
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    I am sure you already know thay answer but what does that have to do with the sequester?

    August 16, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "The sequester originated in the White House!"

    Suggesting something to Congress, which the House, led by the GOP, then proposes as legislation that is passed by a largely bipartisan majority...the majority of which was GOP (174 of them voted for it and the opposition was majority Dem)...doesn't make this Obama's fault. Sorry, but you're just conveniently ignoring the parts you don't like...and they are, in fact, the parts that were determinative of what took place. Fact is, the GOP loved the idea and their back room analysis was that it was an opportunity to trigger Sequestration, declare that the Sequestration spending levels are the "new baseline," and then blame Obama for all the predictable harm the Sequestration does. THEY are the ones who refused to compromise, who refused to come to the table in good faith and who saw the whole thing as something they could, once again, use to manufacture a crisis with which to take the country hostage in order to demand that they be given what they want. The budget they passed and their rhetoric about "he's cutting things to make it more painful" proves this was their plan...which has completely unraveled because now they can't even get their own members to vote in committee for the Sequestration spending levels (see THUD legislation that failed in House committee due to GOP opposition).

    August 16, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. enuff

    Of course, everyone will blame Obama. However, they should take notice to whom the judges are appealing TO...the buck stops at congress.

    August 16, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Steveo, do Republicans take credit for Obamacare because the idea of individual mandate originated from them?
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    I am sure you already know thay answer but what does that have to do with the sequester?"

    He's pointing out their hypocrisy. The idea for a mandate originated with the GOP (via the Heritage Foundation) as their way of playing the "personal responsibility card" against Clinton's health care reform proposals in the 90's. Do they take credit for it now being law since it was their idea? No. And yet, they're running around with their hair on fire screeching that Obama is 100% to blame for the Sequester because he suggested it as a means of forcing both sides to get busy on compromise....despite having voted for it en masse and lauded it as a great idea in which they got "98% of what they wanted." One might suggest that Obama's only real mistake in regards to the Sequester was to ever let it cross his mind that the GOP/Teatrolls would actually negotiate in good faith and try to avoid it being enacted in an attempt to use it somehow to their advantage...but by the same token, he handed them a whole crapload of rope and they took it. Picked out a ceiling fan yet, guys, or are we gonna go with the rod in the closet?

    August 16, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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