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Senate Proceeding on Mar 2nd, 2010 :: 1:18:45 to 1:31:00
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Patrick Leahy

1:18:43 to 1:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: vermont, mr. leahy, and the senator from alabama, mr. sessions. mr. leahy: independent? the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: madam president, i am going to put my full statement about justice barbara keenan of virginia who's been nominated to the circuit. but i would note first that she has the support of her home state senators.

Patrick Leahy

1:18:45 to 1:31:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

1:19:05 to 1:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: she has the support of virginians from both parties and many others. she was approved unanimously by the senate judiciary committee over four months ago, and in what has become a sorry and unacceptable attitude on the part of republicans, she has

Patrick Leahy

1:19:27 to 1:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: been filibustered. this nomination should have been approved unanimously. we will now have to vote to bring cloture on somethinghat would normally have been done on a voice vote. i'm willing to predict she will get an overwhelming vote when

Patrick Leahy

1:19:51 to 1:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: they finally allow us to vote on it. but what has happened with these filibusters, the senate is far behind where we should be in helping to fill judicial vacancies. vacancies have skyrocketed to more than 100, and more have been announced. i think about -- here it is

Patrick Leahy

1:20:15 to 1:20:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: march 2. on march 2 of president bush's first ternlings the senate had confirmed -- first term, the senate had confirmed 79 district court nominations. we were -- the democrats were in the majority. we moved very hard to get those 39 through.

Patrick Leahy

1:20:38 to 1:20:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in the same period ofime, republicans, by blocking and filibuster, had allowed only 15 of president obama's nominations nominations. the judiciary is supposed to be out of partisan politics. this is really unacceptable. in fact, i would note in a this

Patrick Leahy

1:20:59 to 1:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: awe -- i would note that we during the 17 months of president bush's term, the democrats were in charge, we confirmed 100 of his judges. during 31 months with the republicans in charge, they confirmed approximately 100. we worked very hard to help president bush through.

Patrick Leahy

1:21:21 to 1:21:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the return instead is that the republicans have filibustered nominees, judicial nominees, who then get -- when they finally get a vote, get a unanimous vote. this has created a rl crises in the judiciary. i would hope that the chief

Patrick Leahy

1:21:44 to 1:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: justice would do what chief justice rehnquist, another republican, did when republicans were slowing up judicial nominations, and speak to the need -- need to do this. now, i have spoken raimentedly ed --now, i have spoken repeated to

Patrick Leahy

1:22:08 to 1:22:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: senate republicans. agree to those reported to the senate judiciary committee without dissent and agree to time agreements and agree to vote and debate on the others. we are making a mockery of the federal judiciary by bringing such needless partisan politics. i have been here -- this is my

Patrick Leahy

1:22:30 to 1:22:54( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: 36th year, madam president, both with republicans and democrats in the majority, with both republican and democratic presidents. i have never seen anything like this in 36 years. it involves theudiciary and partisan politics in a way that

Patrick Leahy

1:22:55 to 1:23:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: is unprecedented, but it also shames the united states senate, and the american people are right to ask why -- why are they doing this? it makes no s now on a happier -- and i'd ask consent to put my full statement in the record. objection.

Patrick Leahy

1:23:16 to 1:23:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: mr. leahy: on a happier note, though, madam president, i see the distinguied senator from vermont, senator sander sanders, on the floor today. i want to congratulate the vermonters who represented our country at the winter owe limb flicks in van -- olympics in van vancouver. the olympics were exciting. i know that marcel and i watched

Patrick Leahy

1:23:37 to 1:23:57( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: hours and hours of them. but we watch especially, obviously, when we saw some of these young vermonters. these athletes carry on a long tradition of vermonters participating in the winter olympics. hundreds of vermonters have

Patrick Leahy

1:23:58 to 1:24:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: competed in the 21 winter olympiads and it is know secret that vermont produces great winter sport athletes thanks to our terrain and also a healthy sports industry. the first ski lift in the united states was a rope tow built in the town of woodstock. and, madam president, i remember

Patrick Leahy

1:24:21 to 1:24:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: when a thrill it was when then-president gerald ford me that the first place he concede -- the first ski lift he was on was on that ski lift in woodstock. it was -- it was a nice memory of a wonderful person, president gerald ford.

Patrick Leahy

1:24:44 to 1:25:09( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and then thanks to jake burton carpenter, his wife donna, vermont created snow boarding and it is now an olympic event. the carpenters have worked so hard to make this a winter sport and now it is.

Patrick Leahy

1:25:11 to 1:25:32( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: many vermonters have medaled at the olympics over the years. these include andrea mead lawrence from rland to win two gold medals in 1952. and bill coke who was the first american in orderic skier to medal in 1976. and alpine skier barbara ann

Patrick Leahy

1:25:33 to 1:25:54( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: cochran, slol am goad gold medalist in 1972. the cochran family is somewhat of an olympic dynasty in its own right. barbara ann's sister marilyn and brother bob also competed in 1972.

Patrick Leahy

1:25:55 to 1:26:16( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and her sister lindy in976. bob's son raced in the slalom at his second olympics. a member of his family and a member of my staff cherished having him there. there were 11 athletes in vancouver who were born in vermont or call vermont home. 10 others attended high schl or college in vermont. mr. president, we're going to

Patrick Leahy

1:26:17 to 1:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: take credit for all of them, and we are happy and proud to do that. raised in vermont are snow boarders kelly clark from west dover, lindsey jakabelis, ross

Patrick Leahy

1:26:38 to 1:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: powers from londonderry, chelsie marshal from pitses if field, andy newal, kaitlin compton, free style skier hanna cuvment rdy from norwich.

Patrick Leahy

1:26:59 to 1:27:19( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: vermont's colleges and universities with a strong tradition of winter sports have sent athletes to numerous games. jim cochran is a u.v. alum along with lowell bailey, nor dick skier chris freeman and hockey goalie tim thomas.

Patrick Leahy

1:27:20 to 1:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nor dick skier sumiamilton and garrett kuzy, vermont ski academy's private high schools have dedicated wirntsz sport training to track hundreds of kids from out of state every year. they've legitimacy produced hundreds of olympians. liz stevens and nolanasper concede at vancouver.

Patrick Leahy

1:27:41 to 1:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: they're graduates of burke mountain academy which was the first ski academy in the country founded in 1970. other ski academy graduates competing in vancouver, snow boarder lonnie veder along with andy gnu newal, free style skier

Patrick Leahy

1:28:04 to 1:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: michael morris of the killington school and skier cross racers chris puckett and darren rawles who teandz the green stratton mountain schoollong with chelsie marshal. jim cochran represented the winter academy, kelly clark the mot snow academy. of course all vermonters want to

Patrick Leahy

1:28:26 to 1:28:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: give a special hardy congratulations to those whose efforts resulted in medals. annaerney won gold in the mogul competition. i spoke with her the morning after. i told her i'd seen her great smile on television that morning. she said, i think it's going to

Patrick Leahy

1:28:47 to 1:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: take foretouser get that smile off my face. in the new york thymes a wonderful article showing marti camden drive her through a parade i norwich this past weekend. hanna teeter and kelly clark win silver and bronze in the snow

Patrick Leahy

1:29:08 to 1:29:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: board half piefnlg i can say both of them that our entire state are proud of your accomplishments on this international stage. but i am proud of every vermonter who's chosen for the team no matter results were. it was a pleasure to watch them, to feel the pride they had just to be there. because one of the things you know, not only that look of

Patrick Leahy

1:29:30 to 1:29:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: pride on their face but for every minute of competion we saw on television, you had hard work and satisfaction -- sacrifice, rather, dedication, thousands of hours of traing. they've been great ambassadors for the united states. they've also been fantastic role

Patrick Leahy

1:29:52 to 1:30:13( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: models to vermont's children, and i'd say congratulations to all of them. and finally, i want to take a moment to recognize two vermonters who missed competing in va vancouver because of serious head injur -- head injuries. they were traing in park city,

Patrick Leahy

1:30:14 to 1:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: utah, on december 31. and cody marshall, chelsea's brother, an alpine slalom racer, were injured last summer. both have come a long way since their injuries. they have difficult recoveries ahead of them. i spoke with kevin pierce's mother pam, and i know how the

Patrick Leahy

1:30:37 to 1:30:57( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: whole family has come together for him, just as cody marshall's family have come together for him. so i wish them and their families well. i want them to know that they are special inspirations to all of us. they are in all our prayers and thoughts. vermont is a very small state, mr. president, the second

Patrick Leahy

1:30:58 to 1:31:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: smallest in the country.

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