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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2011 :: 4:48:45 to 4:53:45
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Chuck Grassley

4:48:45 to 4:49:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: yield to the senator from iowa. the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: soon we'll be voting on another nominee for district court. we continue our rapid pace in which the senate has been confirming president obama's judicial nominees. this vote will mark the 11th

Chuck Grassley

4:48:45 to 4:53:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

4:49:07 to 4:49:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: judicial nominee to be confirmed this congres that's more than double the number confirmed in the 108th congress, which only saw five confirmations at this point. obviously actions speak louder than words. so are far our actions have had concrete results. the judiciary committee met this

Chuck Grassley

4:49:29 to 4:49:49( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: morning and reported six more judicial nominees. that puts the total at 22 nominees reported favorably so far. we continue to hold hearings every two weeks and have heard from 31 nominees currently pending before the senate. as i have said in the past, we

Chuck Grassley

4:49:50 to 4:50:10( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: will continue to move consensus nominees through the confirmation process. however, we will continue to do our due diligence in evaluating the nominees. what we will not do is put quantity confirmed over quality confirmed. these lifetime appointments are too important to the federal

Chuck Grassley

4:50:11 to 4:50:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: judiciary and the american people to allow rubber-stamping. just this past monday, the senate confirmed three district court judges. in his statement, for the record, the chairman of the committee, senator leahy stated -- quote -- "nearly one out of every eight federal judgeships is vacant. this puts at serious risk the

Chuck Grassley

4:50:32 to 4:50:52( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: ability of all americans to have a fair hearing in court." end of quote. however, what the chairman neglected to menti the fact that president obama has not put forth a nominee for every vacancy the court currently faces. in fact, of the 95 judicial

Chuck Grassley

4:50:53 to 4:51:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: vacancies, the senate only has 45 nominees. that's 53% of the vacancies without a nominee from the white house. today we vote on a nominee to sit on the western district of north carolina. while this is an important vacancy, a vacancy we need to fill, it is not a judicial emergency.

Chuck Grassley

4:51:14 to 4:51:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: however, there is a judicial emergency in the eastern district of north carolina. that seat, which has been vacant since 2005, does not have a nominee currently pending. president bush nominated thomas alvin farr to that seat twice,

Chuck Grassley

4:51:36 to 4:51:59( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: but he was nerch afforded a -- never a forded a hearing, let alone an up-or-down vote. i'm happy that this side of the aisle is not repeating the same regrettable treating -- treatment that mr. farr received. with regard to mr. cogburn, the nominee we'll be voting on, the american bar association has

Chuck Grassley

4:52:00 to 4:52:20( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: rated him majority well-qualified, minority qualified. he received his b.a. from the university of north carolina at chapel hill and juris doctorate from the cumberland school of law. mr. cogburn has practiced law in many capacities. through his work in private practice, he has worked on a

Chuck Grassley

4:52:21 to 4:52:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: wide range of issues, including criminal litigation, personal injury, civil litigation, and a significant amount of mediation. as an assistant u.s. attorney for over a decade, mr. cogburn gained substantial appellate experience. while there, he also served as

Chuck Grassley

4:52:42 to 4:53:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: drug task force attorney and chief assistant u.s. attorney. mr. cogburn also holds judicial experience. he was appointed to serve an eight-year term as a u.s. magistrate judge for the u.s. district court for western district of north carolina. after a careful evaluation, the

Chuck Grassley

4:53:04 to 4:53:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: judiciary committee reported this fine nominee by voice vote on february 3, 2011. i congratulate mr. cogburn and his family on this important lifetime appointment and his willingness to continue in public service. thank you, i yield and i suggest the absence of a

Chuck Grassley

4:53:25 to 4:53:35( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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