Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

Senate Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 0:25:35 to 0:29:30
Total video length: 32 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:82 Duration: 0:03:55 Discussion

Previous speech:

James Webb

0:25:31 to 0:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senato recognized. mr. webb: mr. president, may i ask what is the pending business in the senate? the presiding officer: we're in morning business, senator. travel promotion bill. correction. mr. webb: thank you, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent to speak for five minutes as if in morning business.

James Webb

0:25:35 to 0:29:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

James Webb

0:25:52 to 0:26:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. webb: thank you, mr. president. i today would like to speak for a few minutes on behalf of justice barbara m. keenan who is the nominee to serve on the fourth circuit court. and i would like to respectfully request in the name of good governance and the proper functioning of our

James Webb

0:26:13 to 0:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: constitutional system that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle allow a prompt vote on her nomination. justice keenan was voted out of committee in october of last year by a unanimous voice vote. her nomination is noncontroversial. she's been a dedicated public servant, a fair and balanced

James Webb

0:26:36 to 0:26:56( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: jewist and her nomination has had -- jurorist. there are currently four vacancies on the fourth circuit, more than any other circuit and the seat would fill has been jake ant now for more than -- vacant now for more than two years.

James Webb

0:26:57 to 0:27:17( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: justice keenan is an extraordinary choice to fill this vacancy. she has been a state supreme court justice since 1991. she has been a trailblazer for women in law throughout her career. she was the first female district court judge in virginia when she was selected for the

James Webb

0:27:18 to 0:27:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: fairfa county bench in 1980. she became the first female circuit court judge when she was promoted to that court in 1982. in 195 she was -- 1985. she was the only one -- she was lected to the -- for the state supreme court, the second female

James Webb

0:27:39 to 0:27:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: justice to ever serve there in 1991 and she was, in fact, the first judge to have served on all four levels of virginia courts. and, mr. president, i'd also like to point out that when governor mcdonald was recently sworn into his office he he specifically requested that justice keenan deliver him the

James Webb

0:28:00 to 0:28:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: oath of office. so there's a wide bipartisan consensus inside virginia about the quality of this nominee and i'm very hopeful that we can move forward in an expeditious way. i'm mindful of the senate's constitutional role in confirming executive nominations. it is vitally imptant and a

James Webb

0:28:22 to 0:28:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: robust vetting process is appropriate. we have conducted inside virginia in our delation that kind of vetting process which resulted in justice keenan's name being moved forward. so now in the spirit of pragmatic bipartisanship and?? good governance, i believe it's time to move past these

James Webb

0:28:43 to 0:29:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: procedural delays that seem to affect us and get on with the business of governing. i'd like to point out that out of 876 federal judgeships, there are now 10 100 vacancies. these delays affect the administration of justice.

James Webb

0:29:07 to 0:29:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: these sak vacancies diminish the right to a speedy trial. it is my understanding that justice keenan has brought support in this body, the vote in the judiciary committee is evidence of that. in fact, i would be very surprised if any senator were to vote against her confirmation. so, again, i'm asking my colleagues on the other side of

James Webb

0:29:28 to 0:29:30( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: the aisle if they might allow this nomination to advance in a

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid