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Senate Proceeding on Apr 16th, 2008 :: 0:25:30 to 0:30:42
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is my hope that the confirmations will be directed to three of the nominees who have been waiting the longest time. peter kisler, a nominee for the district of columbia circuit court of appeals has

Lindsey Graham

0:25:30 to 0:25:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: been waiting for more than 650 days. 650 days. there has been some talk about the d.c. circuit not needing an additional judge, that's simply is not factually correct. mr. kisler has been -- has been

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Speech By: Lindsey Graham

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0:25:51 to 0:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: lauded by newspaper editorials, "the washington post", the "los angeles times", and preeminently well qualified to be confirmed for that position. judge robert conrad, a chief judge in the federal

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Lindsey Graham: district court -- united states district court in north carolina, has been waiting for over 270 days where there is a judicial emergency.~ and there is no blue slip problem with judge conrad. the senators

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0:26:14 to 0:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: from north carolina are both urging his confirmation. similarly, with the nomination of steve mathews from the fourth circuit, waiting for more than 220 days. and again both of the blue slips have beenee

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0:26:28 to 0:26:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: returned. so it is my hope that we will move quickly with the confirmations of keesler, conrad and mathews. they are the ones most pressing. by a letter dated april 10, i wrote to senator john mccain, senator

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0:26:39 to 0:26:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: hillary clinton, and senator barack obama asking for their positions on perspective -- prospective motions which i intend to pursue in the senate to discharge from the senate judiciary committee the

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0:26:49 to 0:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: nominations of judge conrad, mr. kiesler andle mr. mathews. there are procedures where we can take the matters from the committee, take them to the floor for action by the entire body. the constitution

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0:27:02 to 0:27:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: provides that confirmations will be handled by the senate. no provision for committee action. and, in my judgment, when the controversies have raged for this period of time, they ought to come to the full

Lindsey Graham

0:27:14 to 0:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: senate. i have also written to the interrogators on the debate which is scheduled for this evening at the constitution center in philadelphia to mr. george stephanopoulos of abc news and mr. charles gibson

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0:27:27 to 0:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of abc news, suggesting that these would be appropriate questions for senator clinton and senator obama during the course of the discussion this evening. and i would ask unanimous consent that the text of

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0:27:42 to 0:27:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the letters to senator mccain, senator clinton, senator obama and mr. stephanopoulos and mr. gibson be included in the record following my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. specter:

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0:27:56 to 0:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in these letters to the three senators dated april 10, i said i would not make the disclosure of them until april 14, to given them an -- to give them an opportunity to reply before these letters

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0:28:17 to 0:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: were released to the press. i said i would, do not plan to make the news media aware of my inquiries until april 15 in order to give you ample opportunity to advise of your response. and yesterday

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0:28:37 to 0:28:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: afternoon i did receive a response from senator obama. i think it worthwhile to read this into the record. senator obama writes, "i am responding to your letter of april 10, 2008, regarding several

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0:28:52 to 0:29:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: pending judicial nominations. as a former constitutional law instructor, i fully appreciate the important work that our federal judges do and the need to fill judicial vacancies. however, i have great respect

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Lindsey Graham: for the senate's constitutional advice and consent role in the confirmation of these judges. the concerns you have raised in your letter are important ones. however, since i'm not a member of the judiciary

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0:29:22 to 0:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: committee, i would defer to chairman leahy on the scheduling of any committee votes on these pending nominations, and i would defer to senator reid on the scheduling of any floor votes. moreover,

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Lindsey Graham: i'm confident that we can work in a bipartisan fashion to continue to fill vacancies. just last week the senate confirmed five judicial nominations. and today chairman leahy has announced a resolution

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Lindsey Graham: reached with the administration over circumstance circuit nomination -- over six circuit nominations. these events highlight the desire on all sides to ensure vacancies on the bench are filled. thank

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0:30:07 to 0:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: you for seethking my views on this issue. sincerely, barack obama, united states senator." i begin by thanking senator obama for the reply, but i am constrained to disagree with him, disagree respectfully,

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0:30:26 to 0:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: on the position that he has taken. when he says that he is not a member of the judiciary committee, i believe that is standing as a member of the united states senate is the determinative membership.

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and under the constitution of the united states, the united states senate has the constitutional responsibility to consent or not to pending nominations. when senator obama says that he would defer

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