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Senate Proceeding on Feb 28th, 2011 :: 2:29:15 to 2:35:45
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Patrick Leahy

2:29:05 to 2:29:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: judiciary, amy totenberg of georgia to be nine states district judge for the northern district of georgia. steven c. jones of georgia to be united states district judge for the northern district of georgia. mr. leahy: mr. president? the presiding officer: under the previous order, there will now, one hour of debate equally

Patrick Leahy

2:29:15 to 2:35:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

2:29:26 to 2:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: divided and controlled in the usual form. the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: mr. president, the nominees to be considered today are both the majority. they are both reported unanimously by the judiciary committee this year. actually, they are also both reported unanimously by the

Patrick Leahy

2:29:48 to 2:30:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: judiciary committee last year. they were among the 19 judicial nominees who were ready to be confirmed by the senate last year but were not. when there was objection to proceeding last year, the vacancies persisted, the president had to renominate them, and the judiciary

Patrick Leahy

2:30:09 to 2:30:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: committee had to reconsider their nominations. and i expect that the senate will confirm them both tonight. i would hope they would do so unanimously. both have the support of their home state senators, senator isakson and senator chambliss, and worked with president obama and with me in connection with

Patrick Leahy

2:30:30 to 2:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: these nominations. while i'm encouraged that the senate is proceeding today, i am disappointed that we did not consider these nominees and other nominees from california and north carolina and the district of columbia before the president's day recess.

Patrick Leahy

2:30:53 to 2:31:17( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: we used to clear the calendar of nominations before recess. as i said, all six of these judicial nominees were approved unanimously, every republican and every democrat on the judiciary committee weeks before the recess. when they are considered, i fully expect they are going to be confirmed unanimously by the

Patrick Leahy

2:31:20 to 2:31:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: senate. now while we have high judicial vacancies around the country, the senate should be considering judicial nominations without unnecessary delays. litigants all over the country are having a hard time getting to have their cases heard in courts because of all the vacancies.

Patrick Leahy

2:31:43 to 2:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: when we have all these nominees that are on the calendar, having had unanimous support, both republicans and democrats and the senate judiciary, we ought to least vote them up or vote them down so we can fill these vacancies. in fact, when these two nominations are confirmed, there

Patrick Leahy

2:32:05 to 2:32:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: are still going to be nearly 100 judicial vacancies around the country. that's too many. they have persisted for too long. that is why chief justice roberts, attorney general holder, white house counsel bob bauer and many others, including the president of the united

Patrick Leahy

2:32:27 to 2:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: states have spoken out and urged the senate to act. now, nearly one out of every eight federal judgeships is vacant. one out of every eight. that puts at serious risk americans all over the country. -- the country to have the

Patrick Leahy

2:32:48 to 2:33:09( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: ability to have a fair hearing, and the real price that is being paid for these unnecessary delays is the judges that remain are overburdened, the american people that depend on them are being denied hearings, and being denied justice in a timely fashion, whether you're a plaintiff or the defendant,

Patrick Leahy

2:33:10 to 2:33:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: whether you're a prosecutor or a defendant. so we can consider and confirm this president's nominations to the federal bench in a timely manner, especially when president obama has worked with both democratic and republican home state senators to identify superbly qualified consensus nominations. none of the nominations on the executive calendar are

Patrick Leahy

2:33:31 to 2:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: controversial. they all have the support of their home state senators, republicans and democrats. all have a strong commitment to the rule of law. all have demonstrated faithfulness to the constitution. now, during president bush's

Patrick Leahy

2:33:54 to 2:34:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: first term, in his first four tumultuous years in office, we proceeded to confirm 205 of his judicial nominations. 100 of those were done in 17 months during the time i was chairman, during his first two years in office. i was chairman for 17 months of

Patrick Leahy

2:34:16 to 2:34:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: those 24 months. we had had the case where 60 of president clinton's nominations had been pocket filibustered by those on the other side of the aisle. i said let's break this. and we showed good faith in moving 100 of president bush's

Patrick Leahy

2:34:37 to 2:34:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nominees in 17 months. the remaining 31 months under republican control, they moved another 105. but so far in president obama's third year in office, the senate has only been allowed to consider 67 of his federal,

Patrick Leahy

2:34:59 to 2:35:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: circuit and district court nominees, as compared to over 100 for president bush. so we remain well short of the benchmark that was set during the bush administration set by democrats being in control of the senate. and if we can approach what we did with president bush, we could reduce vacancies from the historically high levels at

Patrick Leahy

2:35:21 to 2:35:45( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: which they remain throughout the first three years of the obama administration to the historically low level we reached toward the end of the bush administration. and i know the distinguished senator from iowa is going to want to speak on this, and time has been reserved for him, so i

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