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Senate Proceeding on Apr 4th, 2011 :: 3:17:25 to 3:22:45
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Chuck Grassley

3:17:08 to 3:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: i ask that the suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. grassley: today our body, the senate, is going to vote to confirm the 15th judicial nominee for this year.

Chuck Grassley

3:17:25 to 3:22:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

3:17:29 to 3:17:51( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: now if it seems to my colleagues and to the faubel we've been vote -- that we've been voting on a nominee every week, well we have been. both on the committee and on the floor, judicial nominees have regularly appeared on the senate's agenda. we've taken positive action on

Chuck Grassley

3:17:52 to 3:18:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: 34 of the 61 judicial nominees submitted to this congress by president obama. we continue to hold hearings every two weeks to examine the nominee's record and to receive testimony. the committee meets every week to report nominees to the floor. so far the committee has

Chuck Grassley

3:18:14 to 3:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: reported 27 nominees, which is ahead of the 23 reported by this same time in the 108th congress. this demonstrates my commitment, the commitment of republicans on the judiciary committee to cooperate with the chairman to move forward on consensus nominees.

Chuck Grassley

3:18:37 to 3:18:58( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: even as we do so we continue to thoroughly examine the records and the qualifications of all nominees which is the responsibility of the united states senate. i would note that the number of judicial nominations and at least one executive branch nomination, which remain on the

Chuck Grassley

3:18:59 to 3:19:19( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: senate's executive calendar, are controversial in nature. in other words, not the consensus approach that i've spoken about other nominees to the judiciary. i appreciate the efforts of our leadership to move in a timely manner the nominations which are

Chuck Grassley

3:19:20 to 3:19:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: consensus nominees. today we will vote on the nomination of jimmie v. reyna to be united states circuit judge for the federal circuit. mr. reyna received his b.a. from the university of rochester and his jurist doctorate from the

Chuck Grassley

3:19:42 to 3:20:04( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: university of new mexico school of law. after graduating from law school, the nominee served as law clerk for a firm and as an associate at the insurance defense firm in new mexico. it was in 191 that mr. reyna formed his own firm and practiced plaintiff injury,

Chuck Grassley

3:20:05 to 3:20:27( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: civil rights, and criminal law. he moved then to washington, d.c., area in 1986 and worked at an international trade firm eventually making partner of that law firm. mr. reyna continues to specialize in international trade matters with the firm of

Chuck Grassley

3:20:28 to 3:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: william, mullen where he directs the international trade and customs practice group in the latin american task force. the american bar association has rated this nominee unanimously well qualified. and, of course, i'm pleased to support that nomination. the federal circuit is unique among the courts of appeal.

Chuck Grassley

3:20:52 to 3:21:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: it is not geographically based, but has nationwide subject matter jurisdiction in designated areas of the law. in addition to international trade, the court hears cases on patents, trademarks, government contracts, certain money claims against the united states government, veterans benefits,

Chuck Grassley

3:21:14 to 3:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: and public safety -- safety officers benefits claims. of particular interest to me this court has exclusive jurisdiction over cases related to federal personnel matters. that includes exclusive jurisdiction over appeals from the merit system protection board which hears whistle-blower

Chuck Grassley

3:21:35 to 3:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: cases under the whistle-blower protection act. and if anybody wonders why this senator said that i had a particular interest in this court and what it does on federal personnel matters, it's because i've been a long-time advocate for whistle-blower protection legislation and have been involved with my colleagues

Chuck Grassley

3:21:58 to 3:22:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: in this body in passing some of that whistle-blower protection legislation. i congratulate mr. reyna and his family on this important lifetime appointment. thank you, mr. president. and i y and i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk

Chuck Grassley

3:22:22 to 3:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: will call the roll.

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