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Senate Proceeding on Apr 10th, 2008 :: 0:54:38 to 0:57:46
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Arlen Specter

0:45:17 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter

0:54:26 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: about the immediate need to schedule hearings and then up-or-down votes on ten highly qualified judicial nominees currently pending before the senate judiciary committee. this immediate need for judicial

John Cornyn

0:54:38 to 0:54:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: confirmations is especially true in the u.s. court of appeals for the fourth circuit which serves the residents of virginia, maryland, north carolina, south carolina, and west virginia. as a matter of

John Cornyn

0:54:38 to 0:57:46( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Cornyn

John Cornyn

0:54:53 to 0:55:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: fact, mr. president, there are currently 19 judicial emergencies across the united states, nine incding circuit court judicial emergencies. and it's imperative that the senate do its duty to schedule hearings

John Cornyn

0:55:05 to 0:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: and then votes on the nominees that have been sent over by the whitehi house. the fourth circuit is currently operating with a third -- without a third of its judges. "the washington post" observed that

John Cornyn

0:55:18 to 0:55:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: the senate should ask in good faith to fill vacancies not as a favor to the president, but out of respect for the residents, the businesses, the defendants and victims of crime in the region that the fourth

John Cornyn

0:55:29 to 0:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: circuit covers. i sincerely hope that the distinguished chairman of the judiciary committee will work with republican members to remedy this unfortunate and untenable situation inon the fourth

John Cornyn

0:55:42 to 0:55:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: circuit. chairman leahy and i have a solid record of working together on a bipartisan basis on a variety of issues ranging from open government laws to public corruption. and i'm hopeful that we can add this

John Cornyn

0:55:58 to 0:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: to that list. i'm also grateful for his cooperation in dealing with two recent fifth circuit nominees, the latest of these fifth circuit nominees is catharina haines, a distinguished member of the bar

John Cornyn

0:56:10 to 0:56:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: in dallas, texas, and former state court judge. in february the chairman held a hearing for ms. haynes. that hearing, by the way, is the first and is still the only circuit nominee hearing that

John Cornyn

0:56:27 to 0:56:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: has occurred since last september. thus, the problem is painfully obvious. we need more hearings and more mark ups of nominees and more votes on the floor. later today the the senate will vote on

John Cornyn

0:56:41 to 0:56:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: ms. haynes' nomination and i hope confirm her to the federal bench. she is an outstanding circuit court nominee, well-qualified in terms of her legal ability, her experience and judicial temperament. her

John Cornyn

0:56:53 to 0:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: nomination has not been contentious or controversial. i'm pleased that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle have rejected manufactured criticism of her record and the call from the hard

John Cornyn

0:57:03 to 0:57:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: left interest groups to stop her nomination from moving forward. i can only assume my democratic colleagues saw these charges for what they are: reckless smears. i'm hopeful we can persuade our

John Cornyn

0:57:15 to 0:57:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: democratic colleagues to reject similay spurious claims against the many well-qualified nominees who deserve to have hearings and who deserve up-or-down votes in committee and on the senate floor.

John Cornyn

0:57:33 to 0:57:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Cornyn: mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. hatch: mr. president, one of my colleagues was recently quoted as saying that facts are stubborn things. the facts are that

Orrin Hatch

0:57:46 to 0:57:58( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the majority has virtually shut down the judicial confirmation process. some say that the process shuts down in a presidential election year, so i checked every one since i was first elected. by today,

Orrin Hatch

0:57:46 to 1:02:48( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

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