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Senate Proceeding 04-20-10 on Apr 20th, 2010 :: 1:19:30 to 1:34:50
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Patrick Leahy

1:19:27 to 1:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: vote "no" on this nomination. thank i yield the floor. mr the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. leahy: madam president, what is the parliamentary situation? the presiding officer: the senate is considering the

Patrick Leahy

1:19:30 to 1:34:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy

1:19:55 to 1:20:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nomination of madam -- j. demeo. mr. leahy: thank you. i am going to speak on a different matter. day is justice john paul stevens' birthday, and boff boff i couldn't help but think about that and the wonderful conversations i have had with

Patrick Leahy

1:20:16 to 1:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: him of late. and his retirement from the supreme court will begin to draw to a close an extraordinary judicial career spanning four decades, including 35 years of the nation's highest -- on the

Patrick Leahy

1:20:46 to 1:21:06( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nation's highest court. madam president, i ask that my statement appr as in morning busine the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: madam president, it's interesting. justice stevens and i both came to washington in the wake of the watergate scandal in 1975.

Patrick Leahy

1:21:07 to 1:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: his confiation to court was the first of a dozen supreme court nominations i have considered and voted on in my years in the senate. as a young freshman senator, it was my privilege to support his confirmation in 1975.

Patrick Leahy

1:21:28 to 1:21:48( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: incidentally, he was nominated by a republican president, overwhelmingly democratic senate. from the time he was nominated until he was confirmed unanimously, it was two and a half weeks. justice stevens is the only sitting justice with active

Patrick Leahy

1:21:49 to 1:22:10( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: military service during wartime. he is the last justice from the greatest generation. he's never turned away when the nation sought his service. he worked os a navy intelligence officer during world war ii and that earned him a bronze star. justice stevens' uneck and enduring perspective it is

Patrick Leahy

1:22:11 to 1:22:34( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: irreplaceable. the federal judiciary, indeed, the entire nation, will mississippi principled jurisprudence. today as he marks another milestone with the 1e bracing of his 90th birthday. i want to mention just a few of

Patrick Leahy

1:22:35 to 1:22:55( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: his most notable opinions. during my 35 years in the senate, i have submitted briefs to the supreme court in only a few cases. the most recent case was very important. it strofd a vermont musician named -- it involved a vermont

Patrick Leahy

1:22:56 to 1:23:16( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: musician named diana levine. ms. levine -- remember, she is a musician -- she was forced to endure the amputation of her arm after she was injected with a drug to treat nausea. the drug maker failed to include critical information on its warning label that could have

Patrick Leahy

1:23:17 to 1:23:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: saved ms. levine's arm and she ultimately sued the drug maker for this failure. a vermont injury awarded her damages for the injuries that forever altered her life and career. justice stevens wrote the court's opinion in that important case. he concluded that the food and drug administration approval of

Patrick Leahy

1:23:38 to 1:23:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: a dprug for sale does not prevent that corporation from being held accountable under state consumer protection laws. justice stevens has written important opinions in cases in which the supreme court has upheld the power of congress to pass legislation to protect americans we represent.

Patrick Leahy

1:23:59 to 1:24:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: he's brought to his opinions a keen understanding of the distinct roles set forthn our constitution. for courts and for the democratically elected congress. he's maintained a fer vefnts respect for both. in gonzalez v. raich and tennessee v. lane, justice stevens authored the supreme

Patrick Leahy

1:24:21 to 1:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: court's opinions upholding the actions of congress to protect americans. and i suspect these precedents will be even more important as the supreme court continues to examine laws passed by congress to protect americans from discriminatory health insurance policies and fraudulent wall street practices.

Patrick Leahy

1:24:42 to 1:25:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: justice stevens has also written important decisions involving enforcement of laws duly passed by congress. he authored a powerful opinion for the court, one of the most important environmental protection decisions in recent memory. in massachusetts v. e.p.a.,

Patrick Leahy

1:25:03 to 1:25:24( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the court concluded that the environmental protection agency had to live up to its name and mission in implementing the clean air act, despite the bush administration's refusal to do so. some of the most important cases decided by this supre court in the last decade have involved the limits of presidential power

Patrick Leahy

1:25:25 to 1:25:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in time of war. justice stevens has left his mark on many of them. his experience serving his country in wartime no doubt contributed to his understanding. as he said earlier, madam president, he is the only member of the supreme court to has served his country in wartime.

Patrick Leahy

1:25:47 to 1:26:09( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: d. in the military. at their core, these decisions upheld the notion that the rule of law applies even in a time of war, something the founders of this country believed. a decade ago, the supreme court unnecessarily waded into the political thicket to determine the outcome of the 2000

Patrick Leahy

1:26:10 to 1:26:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: presidential election n a scathing dissent, justice stevens lamented that the decision would damage the court's reputation as impartial. and of course he was right, and it did damage the court's reputation. he had noted and i quote, "although we may never know with complete certainty the identity

Patrick Leahy

1:26:31 to 1:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: of the winner of this year's presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. it is the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." he was right to speak so critically of what was a blatant

Patrick Leahy

1:26:53 to 1:27:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: political decision. and while the public's memory of that politically charged decision finally began to recede, the supreme court again opened the floodgates issuing its latest election-related decision in the citizens united case. in citizens united, five justices with the stroke of a

Patrick Leahy

1:27:16 to 1:27:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: pen overturned a century of law to permit corporations to overwhelm and distort the democratic process. in what may be his most powerful dissent, just cities steve -- justice steevessens noted that the courtst ruling threatens to undermine the integ gret of institutions across the nation.

Patrick Leahy

1:27:38 to 1:27:59( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the path that is taken will do damage to this institution. i agree with just cities steve innocence both of these dissents. i join him in his concern for the court's reputation. and while it's important -- while i supported h confirmation -- i said before as

Patrick Leahy

1:28:00 to 1:28:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: a very, very junior, very new senator -- i've not always agreed with just cities stevens -- justice stevens. but mice admiration for his service isot based merely on the results of the cases that came before him nor solely on his judgment or his forthrightness. but rather also the manner in

Patrick Leahy

1:28:21 to 1:28:41( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: which he approached the law and his vigilant concern for public confence in our courts. madam president, if we lose that public confidence in our court, we lose one of the greatest mainstays of our democracy. if a society does not have

Patrick Leahy

1:28:42 to 1:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: confidence in the integrity and the independence of their courts, there is no way they could maintain a democracy. there is no way they could maintain a check and balance. and i've always respected the way in which justice stevens has conducted himself as a justice

Patrick Leahy

1:29:03 to 1:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and the way he has explained his conclusions. he and i slayer a view of government transparency that's a vital element of our democracy. no one could question justice stevens's integrity nor his dedicaon to public service. and today i join a grateful nation in wishing justice john

Patrick Leahy

1:29:25 to 1:29:45( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: paul stevens a very happy 90th birthday. we're indebted to him for his service. and i hope the next nomination to the supreme court will honor his extraordinary legacy. the law is not a game to be played or a puzzle to be solved. the law is intended to serve the

Patrick Leahy

1:29:46 to 1:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: people, protecting the freedom of individuals from the tyranny of government or the mob, and helping to organize our society for the good of all. no justice should substitute his or her p overrule congressional efforts to protect hard-working americans pursuant to our

Patrick Leahy

1:30:07 to 1:30:27( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: constitutional role. i'm looking forward to meeting with president obama tomorrow to discuss his selection of a nominee to succeed justice stevens. then, in also my private discussions, i will suggest he

Patrick Leahy

1:30:28 to 1:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: pis someone who approaches every case with an open mind and commitment to fairness. someone who will heed the inscription above the supreme court which pledges equal justice under law. someone like justice john paul stevens. i ask consent that my whole statement be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection.

Patrick Leahy

1:30:51 to 1:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: mr. leahy: i note also, madam president, as in morning business that today is equal equal pay day. after 16 months of work, professional women today will finally earn what their male counterparts earn, what they did

Patrick Leahy

1:31:15 to 1:31:37( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in 12 months of work last year. a shameful gender discrimination is still in our country. i hope we will redouble our efforts to fully close the wage gap. it is shameful, and i might say it's also illegal that we still have today 46 years since the equal pay act was enacted, where

Patrick Leahy

1:31:38 to 1:31:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: men are paid more than women for the same kind of work. congress passed title 7 of the civil rights act to protect employees against discrimination with respect to because of an individual's race, color, religion, sex or national identity.

Patrick Leahy

1:31:59 to 1:32:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: unfortunately, now a ruling by the supreme court in 2008 meant those who are subject to pay discrimination have no claim to remedies unless a suit is filed no more than 180 days after the pay discrimination first takes place, even if the employer carefully hid that pay

Patrick Leahy

1:32:21 to 1:32:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: discrimination. this ruling eroded interpretation of discrimination laws. last year the new congress achieved what could not be done before. we enacted the lily led better fair pay act. i was proud to cosponsor that along with senators mikulski,

Patrick Leahy

1:32:43 to 1:33:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: kennedy and others. i actually became the first -- that actually became the first bill president obama signed into law. my me men tow of that is a -- my

Patrick Leahy

1:33:05 to 1:33:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: memento of that is when the president signed that. today women are still paid 70 cents on average for every $1 man makes. that pay gap could mean $4.2 million in lost wages.

Patrick Leahy

1:33:26 to 1:33:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it is time to do nationally what vermont did, pass an equal pay act which requires equal skill, effort and responsibility. now in vermont, employers cannot require wage nondisclosure agreements, workers are protected from retaliation from

Patrick Leahy

1:33:48 to 1:34:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: disclosing their own wage. vermont has one of the narrowest wage gaps between women and men. madam president, this is not a democratic or republican issue, but an issue of inherent fairness. we should pass the paycheck fairness act and the fair pay act.

Patrick Leahy

1:34:09 to 1:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: let us work towards solutions to ensure that our daughters and those who have them, our granddaughters are not subject to the same discrimination. i ask consent be made part of the recd. madam president, i yield the

Patrick Leahy

1:34:30 to 1:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: floor and suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding

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