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Senate Proceeding on Apr 21st, 2010 :: 3:01:10 to 3:15:05
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Patrick Leahy

3:01:06 to 3:01:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: inspired by the beautiful wisconsin landscape of his childhood and in the end mad a better world for us all. madam chair, i yield the a senator: the presiding officer: the senator fromg? vermont. mr. leahy: madam predent, first, i would say to my distinguished friend from

Patrick Leahy

3:01:10 to 3:15:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy

3:01:27 to 3:01:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: wisconsin, i was delighted to hear those words about gaylord nelson. i had the privilege of serving for a term with senator nelson. down to earth, respected by all

Patrick Leahy

3:01:48 to 3:02:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: in this body, but a commitment to the environment rarely ever matched. the senator from wisconsin has said it far more eloquently than i could, but i think how fortunate we are that we have the, this the senator from wisconsin who has carried out that commitment to the

Patrick Leahy

3:02:09 to 3:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: environment, that commitment to the best ideals of our government. and i know that our dear friend, departed friend, gaylord nelson would be so proud to have you here in the senate representing wisconsin. mr. feingold: i thank the senator from vermont for those kind words, for his rembering gaylord nelson, and of course

Patrick Leahy

3:02:31 to 3:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: for his incredible legacy of his own with regard to the environment, coming from one of the most beautiful states in this country: vermont. i thank you. mr. leahy: thank you. madam president, today the senate will finally, finally

Patrick Leahy

3:03:00 to 3:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: confirm schroeder. i say finally because he was nominated by president obama nearly 11 months ago. he appeared before the senate judiciary committee last june. he was reported favorably last july a year ago with no dissent. all democrats, all republicans committee, no dissent.

Patrick Leahy

3:03:22 to 3:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: but then he sat on the executive calendar for five months blocked by mysteriousolds from the republican side. then, madam president, as the last session drew to a close, republican senatorsbjected and carried over professor schroeder's nomination.

Patrick Leahy

3:03:43 to 3:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the president had to renominate him. the president did that, to his credit. his nomination was reported favorably by the judiciary committee again, a roll call vote, a majority of the republicans voted for him. and for three months it's been blocked on this floor again. professor schroeder is a scholar

Patrick Leahy

3:04:05 to 3:04:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and public servant who has served with distinction on the staff of the senate judiciary committee and in the justice department and has support across the political spectrum. the judiciary committee received -- and i will ask consent to include in the record -- letters of support from professor schroeder's

Patrick Leahy

3:04:27 to 3:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nomination from arrest they are are -- from arthur ken starr, former solicitor general under president george h.w. bush, 11 high-ranking department officials and dean levy of duke law school.

Patrick Leahy

3:04:49 to 3:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i ask consent to include those letters in the the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: chris schroeder is well known to many of us in the senate. he served in many positions, including chief counsel for the judiciary committee, when the chairman was then-senator joe biden. he spent years in private practice as a professor, including for the last ten years

Patrick Leahy

3:05:11 to 3:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: as director for the program public law at duke university law school. he's extraordinarily well prepared for the position he's been nominated to. in fact, in my nearly 36 years here, it's hard to think of somebody more well qualified.

Patrick Leahy

3:05:34 to 3:05:55( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: he graduated -- he served a number of high ranking positions at the justice. he graduated from princeton university, received his master of divinity from yale definitive school before earning his law degree from the university of california berkeley in 1974. there's no question he's well qualified to run the office of

Patrick Leahy

3:05:56 to 3:06:16( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: legal policy. and it somebody who's confirmed easily, it shouldn't be necessary for the majority leader to have to file cloture in order to end the republican filibuster and for the senate to at last have an up-or-down vote on professor schroeder's nomination.

Patrick Leahy

3:06:17 to 3:06:38( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: what has this place come to, madam president, when we have filibusters on routine nominations like this? we never had anything like this before. i rember when i first came here, probably the biggest nomination we had before a heavily democratic-controlled senate was the nomination of a conservative republican

Patrick Leahy

3:06:39 to 3:06:59( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: president -- gerald ford -- for the u.s. supreme court, nominating a republican from chicago, well-respected but a republican from chicago, seen as conservative, john paul stevens. we took that nomination to the

Patrick Leahy

3:07:00 to 3:07:21( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: republican president. two and a half weeks after that nomination arrived here, we all voted for john paul steve for the supreme court. i was one of those -- in fact only one of three senators still here who voted. senator inouye and senator byrd are the other two. now what have we come to when we

Patrick Leahy

3:07:22 to 3:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: have a nomination who is as extraordinarily well qualified as professor schroeder, who is going to be confirmed but h has to get past a republican filibuster? this is a far cry, incidentally, from the way the democrats treated the last president, president bush's nomination to

Patrick Leahy

3:07:44 to 3:08:06( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: run the office of legal policy. a democratic majority confirmed president bush's first nominee to head that division by a vote of 96-1 only one month after he was nominated and only one week after his nomination was

Patrick Leahy

3:08:07 to 3:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: reported by the committee. the the three nominees in that office who preceded mr. din, daniel bryant, are a which he will branch, elizabeth cooks were nominated in a shorter time. none of these nominations were returned to the president

Patrick Leahy

3:08:28 to 3:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: without explanation. none of them required cloture to be filed before being considered. what is going on that when a republican president is treated with fairness but a democratic president -- president obama -- is treated this way? it makes me think of when the leaders of the republican party

Patrick Leahy

3:08:51 to 3:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: said last year "i want this president to fail." well, madam pre objections to a nomination, vote against it. but none whoever is the president of the united states, to fail. because if the president fai america fails.

Patrick Leahy

3:09:12 to 3:09:32( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and we all suffer, republican and democrat alike. we have to get out of this mind-set tat -- mind-set that if president obama is for something, everyone has to find ways to block. i agree with the observation earlier thiseek concerning the

Patrick Leahy

3:09:33 to 3:09:54( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: schroeder nomination, the remark that perhaps republicans were blocking this nomination because professor schroeder has been nominated to lead the office, the best potential judicial minees. well, he's right, just as senator kaufman spoke so eloquently on behalf of profsor schroeder today.

Patrick Leahy

3:09:55 to 3:10:16( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it seems that to deflect criticism for the replican delays on obstruction to judicial nominatio has left 25 judicial nominations languishing on the senate calendar. senate republicans have tried to place the blame by sending too

Patrick Leahy

3:10:17 to 3:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: few nominees to the by making a lose-lose proposition, the same republicans who held up the nomination to lead -- in other words, they stopped the who is supposed to dohe initial review on judicial nominations, and then they say,

Patrick Leahy

3:10:40 to 3:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: oh, my goodness, president obama's not sending up enough nominations. come on. come on. this is -- this is like a burglar saying "i should be excused for burglarizing this warehouse because

Patrick Leahy

3:11:03 to 3:11:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nice things in it's your fault for having such nice things to steal. how can you blame me for stli what they're saying is it's president obama fault for not moving through judges who have to be vetted somebody from vetting them. i know the department of justice would be grateful to have

Patrick Leahy

3:11:27 to 3:11:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: professor schroeder to help prepare judicial as he emphasized in response to a question from senator sessions, any interpretation of the constitution must begin with documents, text, history, structure and purpose as well as judicial precedent. a fundamental qualification for

Patrick Leahy

3:11:48 to 3:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: anyone being considered for a judicial appointment is that he or she understand the constitution has binding force and must be appliedaithfully in cases that come before any court independent of his or her own policy or preferences. again i thank senator kaufman. he's one of the most valued members of the judiciary

Patrick Leahy

3:12:09 to 3:12:31( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: committee, somebody i am going to miss sorely when he retires this year, for his dogged efforts in support of professor schroeder's nomination and for his asstance in managing the debates so well today. i congratulate professor schroeder and his family on his confirmation.

Patrick Leahy

3:12:32 to 3:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i have every confidence he will be an equityive, devoted -- he will be an effective, devoted public servant. i might note -- i think of this as i see the distinguished professor who is presiding over the senate today, the senator from north carolina. among the 25 judicial nominees

Patrick Leahy

3:12:54 to 3:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: stalled before a final senate vote, two k court of appeals nominees from north carolina. i know that the distinguished presiding officer took a totally nonpartisan attitude toward recommending these judges and worked extraordinarily hard, and i hope judge wynn and judge diaz

Patrick Leahy

3:13:16 to 3:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: will soon be allowed by senate republicans to be considered and voted on. they're supported by both the distinguished presiding officer, senator hagan, and the distinguished other senator from north carolina, senator burr; supported by a democrat and

Patrick Leahy

3:13:37 to 3:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: republican. incidentally, judge wynn was reported out of the committee 18-1. most of us would love to win elections by that kind of a margin. judge diaz was reported unanimously three months ago. so let's stop the -- let's

Patrick Leahy

3:14:01 to 3:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: this unprecedented kind of stalling, clear these, the backlog of these 25 judicial nominees. in fact there are 100 nominees overall. madam president, i see nobody else seeking recognition. i ask unanimous consent,

Patrick Leahy

3:14:22 to 3:14:45( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: madam president, that at 2:15 p.m. today the senate proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination of christopher schroeder with the time until then equally divided and controlled as previously order. further, any other provision of the previous order with respect to the nomination remaining in effect. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: madam

Patrick Leahy

3:14:55 to 3:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: yield the floor.

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