Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court leaves a vacancy on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, giving President Trump the opportunity to put another constitutionalist on one of the most important benches in America. The president has nominated Neomi Rao to fill that post.

At age 45, Neomi Rao is a rising star in the conservative movement. She clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, then went on to distinguish herself as the founder of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Currently she serves as the administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In her current role, Neomi has led the Trump administration’s tremendously successful effort to rein in the regulatory state, rolling back 20 regulations for every new regulation added to the books.

Neomi was recently honored with The Heritage Foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Intern Alumni Award for her remarkable achievements since interning at Heritage. The DC Circuit is known as “the farm team” for Supreme Court nominees, and if confirmed, Rao would surely be a future contender.

Your investment in Heritage empowers us to mentor gifted young people that impact their generation, as Neomi Rao is doing right now, and as so many in our Young Leaders Program will do in the future. Thank you for making Heritage the place where young leaders can rise and achieve great things for America.

If you were rating President Trump on his judicial nominees, what score would you give him and why?

Federal agencies are acting like lawmakers, using authority granted to them by both the United States Congress and the President to make regulations of their own, without facing the voters. This has led to many abuses of power. If elected branches acted this radically, judges would have stepped in to stop them.

The Heritage Foundation held an event with author Peter Wallison to discuss his book, Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State. During his lecture, Peter urged the judiciary to defend the constitution by standing up to the federal bureaucracy.

Heritage is committed to restoring limited, constitutional government, and that starts by limiting federal bureaucracy. Thank you for allowing us to stand up for our founding principles.

Which branch of the government is best suited to rein in federal regulations?

The late Jack Kemp is the most recent conservative icon to be honored with Heritage’s prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award. A former member of Congress, Cabinet secretary, and candidate for vice president, Kemp was one of the conservative movement’s most innovative and inspiring political figures for decades.

The award, the highest honor bestowed by Heritage, was presented Tuesday at the 2018 Kemp Leadership Award Dinner. Kemp’s widow, Joanne, accepted the award in his name.

“My father was so proud of his role at the birth of The Heritage Foundation, and our family is honored to receive this award on his behalf,” said Jimmy Kemp, president of the Jack Kemp Foundation.

Heritage reserves the Clare Boothe Luce Award for the most dedicated conservatives, including President Ronald Reagan, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Sen. Jesse Helms, Attorney General Edwin Meese III, William F. Buckley Jr. and now, Jack Kemp. Thank you for letting us honor the heroes of our movement.

Who do you think the next recipient should be for the Clare Boothe Luce Award?

Up until now, it’s been hard to find good information on judicial nominees as they make their way through the nomination process. The sources tend to be biased, offering faulty comparisons between current nominees and those selected by previous presidents. The legal minds of Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies have a solution.

Under the leadership of Deputy Director Thomas Jipping, the Meese Center has created the Judicial Tracker. It will provide both current and comparable data for six different components of the appointment process: vacancies, nominees, hearings, cloture votes, roll call votes, and confirmations. We believe activists and Senate staffers alike will find this tool useful.

John Malcom, Director of the Meese Center, had this to share about the Judicial Tracker: “President Trump can be expected to continue appointing constitutionalist judges to the federal bench, building upon his remarkable success over the first two years of his administration. Heritage’s new Judicial Appointment Tracker will enable the public to get current and accurate information on an ongoing basis about how President Trump is doing with respect to his judicial nominations—as well as the unprecedented procedural hurdles being thrown in his way—compared to past presidents dating back to President Reagan. It is a valuable tool that should bring attention to the critical role that the federal judiciary plays in upholding the rule of law in this country.”

Conservatives are making a lasting difference on the court, and now you can see how the nominees are doing on the road to confirmation. Thank you for making it all possible.

As a Heritage Member, you will be among the first to see this innovative new tool (in beta version) by going to heritage.org/judicial-tracker

How do you think the conversation about Justice Kavanaugh and lower court nominees impacted the election?

Liberal candidates won in races across the country this week, which is disappointing, but precedented, considering that the president’s party tends to lose seats in Congress during midterm elections. It’s too early to know the extent of voter fraud in this election, but The Heritage Foundation is on top of it, just like in previous elections where fraud occurred.

Heritage maintains a compilation of documented cases of voter fraud in all 50 states. As irregularities emerge, Heritage won’t let them go unreported. Instead we will take note, and add them to our database to inform lawmakers and citizens. In addition, this very important information will help us form new ideas to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to discourage anyone who would undermine the legitimate will of the people in our constitutional republic.

At Heritage, we thank you for letting us serve in this capacity, to protect our elections from any interference, small or large. Thank you for empowering us to serve, and for doing your part to restore faith in the ballot box.

Is voter fraud a problem where you live, and if so, what should be done about it?

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