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Senate Proceeding 03-07-11 on Mar 7th, 2011 :: 0:56:40 to 1:03:45
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Chuck Grassley

0:56:38 to 0:56:58( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the floor. mr. grassley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: today we continue our efforts to lessen the burden of our overworked courts. we are, before the evening's out, going to confirm three more judicial nominees.

Chuck Grassley

0:56:40 to 1:03:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Chuck Grassley

0:56:59 to 0:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: two of the three nominees will -- we will vote on are for seats designated as judicial emergencies. with our actions today, it is only -- and we're only 22 days that the senate's been in session this year, the senate has confirmed 10 nominees. with these votes tonight, we

Chuck Grassley

0:57:22 to 0:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: will have confirmed 19% of president obama's judicial nominees submitted in this congress. this pace far exceeds the progress made at this point in the 108th congress, which was the beginning of the third year of president bush's presidency. at this point, the 108th

Chuck Grassley

0:57:43 to 0:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: congress had confirmed only four of 48 nominations sent to the senate, about 8% confirmation ray. our fast pace on the floor is matched by our rapid pace in committee. we held our third nominations hearing this past wednesday.

Chuck Grassley

0:58:04 to 0:58:27( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: we have now heard from 13 judicial nominees and reported 16 favorably. our work in the committee and on the floor indicates that a cooperative effort between me, the chairman of the committee, and our leadership, is an indication of the progress that can be made when the president

Chuck Grassley

0:58:28 to 0:58:48( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: nominates conse nominees. we will continue in our efforts, but again, i would remind everyone that while we in the senate are doing our part, the administration must also be engaged in this process, so i would note that 24 of the 41

Chuck Grassley

0:58:49 to 0:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: vacant seats deemed to be judicial emergencies yet have no nominee. of the additional 54 vacancies, 28 have no nominee. so i'm very perplexed as to why the president would ignore these pending vacancies and instead spend time and resources to send up a nomination for a seat that

Chuck Grassley

0:59:11 to 0:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: will not be vacant for some time. i refer to the president's nomination february the 16th of scott cavdaugh to be u.s. district judge for the district of wyoming. this seat will not be vacant until july 24, 2011, when the current judge will retire.

Chuck Grassley

0:59:33 to 0:59:54( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i do not understand the administration's priorities when it comes to judicial nominations. i believe instead of focusing on nominations for future vacancies, i would hope the administration would use some commonsense and direct its efforts towards nominating individuals for seats which are at least currently vacant. with regard to the nominees on whom we will vote this evening,

Chuck Grassley

0:59:55 to 1:00:18( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: let me say a few words about each. judge joseph battaglia is nominated to be a district judge for the southern district of california. he presently serves in that district as united states magistrate judge. he was first appointed to that

Chuck Grassley

1:00:19 to 1:00:39( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: position in 1993. in addition to serving as magistrate judge, this nominee has served on the judicial conference of the united states advisory committee on rules of criminal procedure, on the ninth circuit executive board of magistrate judges, and as a

Chuck Grassley

1:00:40 to 1:01:02( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: magistrate judge observer on the judicial counsel of the ninth circuit. in 2009, this nominee was appointed by chief justice roberts as magistrate judge observer to the judicial conference of the u.s. this nominee received his b.a. from the united states international university and his j.d. from california western

Chuck Grassley

1:01:03 to 1:01:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: school of law, spent almost two decades working in private practice and also acted as an an arbiter -- arbitrator for the san diego superior court, serving on many panels. the american bar association's standing committee on the federal bureaucracy -- standing committee on the federal

Chuck Grassley

1:01:25 to 1:01:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: judiciary unanimously related -- rated him well qualified. this evening we will also vote on two nominations for central district illinois. both of these vacancies are considered judicial emergencies. judge shadid received his b.s. from bradley university and his j.d. from john marshall law

Chuck Grassley

1:01:47 to 1:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: school. upon admission to the illinois boy, judge shadid opened his own law practice. he maintained his practice until 2001 when he was appointed by the illinois spreec court to fill a -- supreme court to fill a vacancy for the 10th judicial circuit. he was elected to the full term in 2002 and reelected 2008.

Chuck Grassley

1:02:08 to 1:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: while in private practice, he served as a part-time public defender for the peoria county public defender's office. he also served as an assistant attorney general for the state of illinois. he was appointed by governor jim edgar to serve as the commissioner for the court of claims in illinois. the american bar association's standing committee on the

Chuck Grassley

1:02:29 to 1:02:50( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: federal judiciary rated judge shadid as qualified by a substantial majority while a minority rated him well qualified. also nominated to a judicial emergency vacancy for the central district of illinois is judge sue e. myerscough.

Chuck Grassley

1:02:51 to 1:03:12( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: judge myerscough received her b.a. with honors from southern illinois university and her j.d. from southern illinois school of law. upon graduation from law school, she served as law clerk to harold a. baker, the u.s. district court for central district of illinois. the nominee was in private

Chuck Grassley

1:03:13 to 1:03:34( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: practice for approximately six years before being elected as an associate circuit court judge for the seventh judicial circuit illinois. the nominee later became a circuit judge for the seventh circuit. in 1998, she was elected as an appellate court justice of the

Chuck Grassley

1:03:35 to 1:03:45( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: illinois appellate court, fourth district. american bar association's standing committee on the federal judiciary unanimously rated this nominee as qualified. i congratulate all three nominees and wish them well in

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