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Senate Proceeding on Feb 7th, 2011 :: 1:55:05 to 2:00:50
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Ron Wyden

1:55:02 to 1:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: yield the floor. a senator: the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. wyden: i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business for up to 10 minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wyden: thank you, mr. president. let me also thank the chairman of the commerce committee who's dealing with an essentially important bill, and i appreciate

Ron Wyden

1:55:05 to 2:00:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

1:55:24 to 1:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: his courtesy at this time. mr. president, later in the evening the senate will confirm judge marco hernandez who has been nominated to serve as a u.s. district court judge for the district of oregon. the vacancy that judge hernandez will fill is one that chief justice roberts has designated a judicial emergency.

Ron Wyden

1:55:45 to 1:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: given that, i want to thank chairman leahy, ranking member grassley, majority leader reid, and minority leader mcconnell, for bringing this nomination to the floor today. i would also note that oregon has another opening and another outstanding nominee, mr. michael

Ron Wyden

1:56:06 to 1:56:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: simon, who i expect to be reported out of committee this week, and i hope that he too will be brought to the floor quickly. mr. president, and colleagues, it is no surprise that judge marco hernandez was nominated for the federal bench. because his life could serve as a billboard for the american dream.

Ron Wyden

1:56:29 to 1:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: at the age of 17 marco hernandez moved to oregon by himself. needing to support himself, he took a job as a dishwasher, later found a better job as a janitor and eventually marco became a teacher's aide. at that point judge hernandez began taking night classes at a local community college with the

Ron Wyden

1:56:51 to 1:57:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: hope of one day attending a four-year college. finally, he was able to enroll at western oregon state college and he quickly demonstrated his ability to excess. judge hernandez earned the delmer dewy award as the most outstanding male student in his class. following college, mark heo went

Ron Wyden

1:57:12 to 1:57:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: on to -- marco went on to graduate from the university of washington school of law. from the beginning of his legal career, judge hernandez demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. after law school, judge hernandez worked at oregon legal services representing farm workers. he then served as a deputy district attorney who's later

Ron Wyden

1:57:34 to 1:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: appointed as a state court judge, a position that he has served in for the past 15 years. judge hernandez is so well regarded across my home state and across the political spectrum, that he has been nominated not by one but by two presidents of different parties

Ron Wyden

1:57:56 to 1:58:16( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: and at the recommendations of two senators of different parties. judge hernandez was first nominated for the district court by president bush in 2008 when my friend and former colleague, senator gordon smith, led the nomination process. i supported at that time the recommendation of judge

Ron Wyden

1:58:17 to 1:58:37( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: hernandez. unfortunately, the 110th congress was unable to act upon his nomination before adjourning. in the 111th congress i recommended judge hernandez nomination to president obama, and i'm very pleased that senator merkley, who has joined me here in the united states

Ron Wyden

1:58:38 to 1:58:58( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: senator, has been a strong supporter of judge hernandez as well. and i was very pleased when president obama announced that he too, like president bush, thought it was important for judge hernandez to serve on the federal bench. one of the reasons that leaders from both political parties support judge hernandez is that

Ron Wyden

1:58:59 to 1:59:20( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: throughout his judicial career, he has demonstrated a special affin ity -- affinity for creative solutions. he implemented an innovative domestic violence program to aggressively pursue offenders and created a new program for mentally ill defendants which judge hernandez continues to oversee. with a tremendous record of

Ron Wyden

1:59:21 to 1:59:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: public service, innovation and commitment to justice, no one was surprised when judge hernandez was reported out of the judiciary committee mansly. h unanimously. he's had the support of republicans and democrats. he's received the strong backing of the hispanic national bar association.

Ron Wyden

1:59:43 to 2:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: in fact, judge hernandez would be the first hispanic article 3 judge in my home state. it is good news for the people of oregon and it is good news for the federal bench that today the senate is taking up the confirmation of judge hernandez. i strongly urge all my colleagues to join me in supporting an outstanding

Ron Wyden

2:00:05 to 2:00:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: individual, judge marco hernandez, for u.s. district court judge. i also want to thank again chairman rockefeller who is dealing with an extremely important bill for his courtesy in letting me make these remarks about judge hernandez. mr. president, with that, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the

Ron Wyden

2:00:26 to 2:00:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: senator from arizona. mr. mccain: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending business and call up my amendment number 4. the presiding officer: without object the clerk may report the amendment. the clerk: the senator from arizona, mr. mccain, proposes an amendment numbered 4.

Ron Wyden

2:00:48 to 2:00:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: beginning on page 128, strike line 5 and all that follows

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