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Senate Proceeding on Apr 16th, 2008 :: 0:35:24 to 0:42:29
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to speak for up to five minutes each. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. is there objection? mrs. boxer: we are waiting on our bill. senator demint has been waiting and

Jim DeMint

0:35:24 to 0:35:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: he's got a time problem. i'm willing to give another three minutes to our republican friends, but seriously, we need to get going on this bill. we've been on this bill now, it's three days, and we

Jim DeMint

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Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

0:35:37 to 0:36:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: finally have an amendment. we'd like to hear it. so i would say, i would agree to three minutes more on the - m- mr. specter: mr. president, i renew my request for five minutes for the two senators

Jim DeMint

0:36:08 to 0:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: who are on the floor. five minutes. mr. demint: i will defer to senator hatch and make my comments on the -- the presiding officer: there objection? without objection. the senator from utah. mr. hatch:

Jim DeMint

0:36:17 to 0:36:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mr. president, i thank the distinguished senatorui from pennsylvania, and i thank my dear friend from california as well. and i'll try to complete this in five minutes. i'm p not sure -- i'm not sure

Jim DeMint

0:36:29 to 0:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i can, but i'll do my best. and i thank senator depheupt as well for deferring. mr. president, last week an event occurred that was a long time coming. i'm not talking about the grand opening of the

Jim DeMint

0:36:42 to 0:36:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: newseum a few blocks from here down pennsylvania avenue. last week the senate finally voted on and confirmed a few nominees to the judicial bench. this event is of historical proportions because

Jim DeMint

0:36:58 to 0:37:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: not since 1848 has the senate taken thi ts long to confirm a judge in a presidential election year. you heard me right. the first nomination was on 2004 was on january 28. one of my democratic colleagues was

Jim DeMint

0:37:11 to 0:37:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: here on the floor last week tryingtr to shuffle the historical chairs on the judicial confirmation deck by talking about the 1996 session rather than 1996 itself because the second session of the 104th

Jim DeMint

0:37:22 to 0:37:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: congress began on january 3. by dicing and splicing the calendar that way, he tried to avoid counting all of the judges we confirmed that year. i'm not going to play that game. i am comparing apples

Jim DeMint

0:37:35 to 0:37:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: with apples, years with years. in 33 of the 40 presidential election years since 1848, the senate confirmed the first federal judge by the end of february. not mid-april, not mid-march, but the end of

Jim DeMint

0:37:47 to 0:37:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: february. this is the latest start to judicial confirmations in a presidential year in 160 years. now i realize that the senate cannot vote on nominations that have not been reported to the floor

Jim DeMint

0:37:56 to 0:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: from the judiciary committee. and the judiciary committee generally does not report out nominees who have not had a hearing. unfortunately, the judiciary committee has simply not been holding hearings for

Jim DeMint

0:38:08 to 0:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: nominees to the u.s. court of appeals. there was no judicial confirmation hearing at all last month, and the hearing two weeks ago was yet another one with no appeals court nominee. now this graph shows

Jim DeMint

0:38:25 to 0:38:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the number of appeals court nominees receiving a judiciary committee hearing in each of the 16 congresses since i was first elected to the united states senate. these are the 95th congress -- in 1977

Jim DeMint

0:38:36 to 0:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to 1978 to the current 110th congress. as you can see, the little red graph over there shows what we're doing in this congress. you can see there's some variation here. and there from congresso congress,

Jim DeMint

0:38:49 to 0:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: but without a doubt, the 110th congress is the lowest of themlo all. the appeals court nominees are simply not getting hearings. now this next graph helps us better evaluate what is going on today.

Jim DeMint

0:39:01 to 0:39:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the judiciary committee held a hearing for an average of 23 appeals court nomins. in the previous 15 congresses during which i have served in this body. one of my democratic colleagues last week actually

Jim DeMint

0:39:14 to 0:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mocked using such an average as a comparison. this average is over many years. it includes periods when democrats as well as republicans ran the senate and occupied the white house. it is a much better,

Jim DeMint

0:39:27 to 0:39:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: much more reliable standardre than pulling out the single year or worst, yet, just a portion of a single year that makes a predetermined partisan point. today 15 months into the 110th congress, only five

Jim DeMint

0:39:38 to 0:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: appeals court nominees have received even a hearing. that is less than one-fourth the average over the previous 30 years. now, some might say the presidential election years and, therefore, presidential

Jim DeMint

0:39:52 to 0:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: election congresses are different and that everything slows down. okay. fair enough. perhaps that would be a better comparison.| jrks comparing the current congress with the previous congresses, however,

Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint: only widens the contrast with what t senate has ton in the past and -- done in the past and what the senate is not doing today. it turns out the judiciary committee held had hearing for 25 appeals

Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint: court nominees during those presidential election sessions. in the current presidential election season, however, only five appeals court nominees have had hearings. you can see the contrast and the

Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint: difference. if the partisan rules was reversed and it had slowed to perhaps one half or one-third of the historic average, i can guarantee you my friends across the aisle would raise the roof about

Jim DeMint

0:40:43 to 0:40:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: how we're failing to do our confirmation duty. when i chaired the previous committee and the hearing pace was much faster than it is today, my colleagues on the other side did complain early, loud,

Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint: i will and often. but the pace today is worse than one half, worse than one-third, worse than the historic average. the current pace for appeals court nominees is the worst in decades. mr. president,

Jim DeMint

0:41:07 to 0:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: i see my five minutes is up. i ask unan imous consent that my remarks be placed as if in morning business and that the balance of my remarks be placed in the record at this point. the presiding officer: without

Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint: objectio n. mr. hatch: i thank my colleague from n orth carolina and i thank my colleague from california as well. and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: morning business is now closed. under

Jim DeMint

0:41:37 to 0:41:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the previous order the senate will presume the consideration of h.r. 1195, which the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar 608, h.r. 1195, an act to amend the safe accountable highway transportation

Jim DeMint

0:41:45 to 0:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: saftrety act and so forth and for other purposes. mrs. boxer: i haves. an amendment at the desk and ask for its i consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator

Jim DeMint

0:42:00 to 0:42:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: from california, mrs. boxer proposes amendment 4146. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i know my colleague, senator demint, is here to offer what is the first amendment to this bill, and i am -- i just wanted

Jim DeMint

0:42:15 to 0:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to thank him, if i could get his attention for a minute. senator demint, i want to get your attention. i want to thank you very much because i know you had initially several amendments. it looks like

Jeff Sessions

0:42:29 to 0:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: you boiled it down to one amendment. i know that senator inhofe and i are very glad about that. and i also had thanked you previously for calling me and said that you were pleased with the way that

Jeff Sessions

0:42:29 to 0:53:23( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

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