Congressman Tom Cotton

Representing the 4th District of Arkansas
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Cotton Introduces the Stop Court Packing Act

Jun 4, 2013
Press Release
Contact: Caroline Rabbitt 202-225-3772
Cotton Introduces the Stop Court Packing Act
“The last thing Arkansans need is more judges in Washington, D.C. 
making decisions for our state.”  
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) issued the following statement today on the introduction of the Stop Court Packing Act, legislation that would reduce the number of judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from eleven to eight: 
“The Stop Court Packing Act would eliminate three needless judgeships from the D.C. Circuit, saving millions of taxpayer dollars.  This court has the lightest caseload of any federal appellate court in the country, and its docket is trending downward.  Congress recognized these facts when it shrunk the court from twelve to eleven judges in 2008.  Moreover, the D.C. Circuit hasn’t had eleven judges since 1999, yet it has managed its shrinking caseload.  The court currently has eight active judges—evenly split between judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents—and six senior judges who participate regularly in cases.  In the private sector, this wouldn’t even be a close call: these jobs are no longer needed, and they shouldn’t be filled.
“President Obama knows these facts, so his nominations today to the D.C. Circuit are an obvious effort to pack a court that has frustrated his liberal, big-government ambitions.  The D.C. Circuit has jurisdiction over regulatory agencies and it has routinely struck down the worst excesses of the Obama administration.  This legislation will preserve an essential check and balance on President Obama’s out-of-control regulatory agencies.  From the IRS to the EPA to the NLRB, the last thing Arkansans need is more judges in Washington, D.C. making decisions for our state.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this common-sense legislation.”