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Senate Proceeding 05-10-11 on May 10th, 2011 :: 0:29:10 to 0:39:55
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Barbara Boxer

0:28:57 to 0:29:18( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: quorum call: mrs. boxer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer: i ask that quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. boxer: mr. president, it is my honor to be here today to support the nomination of judge edward chen to the northern district court of california. i congratulate justice -- judge

Barbara Boxer

0:29:10 to 0:39:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

0:29:19 to 0:29:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: chen and i congratulate his family on this momentous day that is long overdue. i want to thank senator feinstein for her hard work and her leadership in support of judge chen's nomination. the way we do our judge recommendations in california, i

Barbara Boxer

0:29:40 to 0:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: think is just exemplary. what we do is we each have a committee that advises us, and they come up with the names of a few people that they think are the top choices. then each of us makes that recommendation to the president.

Barbara Boxer

0:30:02 to 0:30:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and judge chen was her nominee. and he has had a distinguished career, and he enjoys broad support and respect in california's legal community. and when i heard the remarks of my colleague from iowa, senator grassley, it really broke my heart because it doesn't sound to me that he knows judge chen.

Barbara Boxer

0:30:24 to 0:30:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: he just seems to be criticizing someone else, someone who sets aside the law. that's not judge chen. judge chen will make an outstanding addition to the federal bench. since 2001 judge chen served as a magistrate judge in the

Barbara Boxer

0:30:46 to 0:31:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: northern district in california where he has earned over 250 published legal opinions. before coming to the bench judge chen was a respected civil rights lawyer and part of the trial team that successfully overturned the wartime conviction of fred kramatsu.

Barbara Boxer

0:31:07 to 0:31:28( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: he made history when he became the first to serve in the northern district. today judge chen takes another history-making step if he is confirmed -- and i surely hope that he will be because when he is confirmed he will be the only -- he will be only the second asian american in the 150-year history of the northern

Barbara Boxer

0:31:29 to 0:31:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: district to be confirmed as a judge. mr. president, in our great nation, we are a melting pot, and i don't believe that you can really have the kind of justice that our founders envisioned unless we have juries of our peers and we have judges who also represent the broad quilt

Barbara Boxer

0:31:53 to 0:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: that is america. and i think this is something to talk about, not to ignore. while i'm proud that we are finally going to vote on the confirmation of judge chen, i have to again express frustration that it took so long to reach this point.

Barbara Boxer

0:32:14 to 0:32:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: judge chen was nominated over 21 months ago, and i ask everyone to think about this. the family, everybody waiting for this moment, years and years on the bench, an outstanding record. i mean, i remember attending judge chen's confirmation hearing in september 2009.

Barbara Boxer

0:32:37 to 0:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: he was nominated for a judicial emergency seat, mr. president, one that's been vacant since april 2008. that's a judicial emergency. we don't have enough judges. so one would think we would move quickly on this. well, following his hearing, his

Barbara Boxer

0:32:59 to 0:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: nomination was held up by an unprecedented campaign of obstruction, unfortunately, by my friends in the republican party. they refused to allow an up-or-down vote and they forced the white house to renominate judge chen not once, not twice, not three times, but four times. four times.

Barbara Boxer

0:33:20 to 0:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and i tell you, i have read their objections, and they boil down to this: they objected because once he worked as a staff attorney for the aclu, handling civil rights cases. now, this is a man who received the highest rating from the

Barbara Boxer

0:33:42 to 0:34:05( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: american bar association. they gave him the well-qualified rating. and so, i have to ask my colleagues why they would object to someone who did a good job defending the constitution? i'm also -- by the way, i don't

Barbara Boxer

0:34:06 to 0:34:27( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: agree with the aclu all the time. believe me, i am surprised at this objection. for example, the aclu and the tea party in my state right now in northern california are working together to oppose free speech restrictions in front of the reading library.

Barbara Boxer

0:34:28 to 0:34:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: in fact, the aclu and the tea party filed parallel lawsuits to strike down the restrictions. so my friends on the other side who give the tea party tremendous amount of support, i'm a little surprised that they would go after the aclu, which is partnering with the tea party in defending the constitution.

Barbara Boxer

0:34:52 to 0:35:12( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: so, i mean it's hard for me to believe that because ed chen was once a staff attorney for the aclu he would come under this kind of fire. they never objected to anything from his nine years as a magistrate judge, mr. president. not one complaint about any of the opinions he has written.

Barbara Boxer

0:35:13 to 0:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: judge chen's record as a fair and impartial judge since 2001 demonstrates clearly that he understands the difference between being an an an sroe?? indicate and being -- an advocate and being a judge. i don't think we should say anyone who served on this organization or that organization is barred from

Barbara Boxer

0:35:34 to 0:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: getting promoted here. that is a sad, sad thing. and i don't think people should be voted down or voted against because they stand up for equal rights and civil rights. if anything, we ought to say that's great, because we all want our civil rights protected.

Barbara Boxer

0:35:56 to 0:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we all want our rights that are guaranteed to us in the constitution protected. judge roberts, chief justice, has called on senators to stop playing politics with judicial nominees. and i have to say, to me, this sounds like politics. you don't like an organization, so then you say someone who's

Barbara Boxer

0:36:17 to 0:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: been a judge for fine years, you have no complaints about him -- for nine years, you have no complaints about him. go back ten years and say you don't like that organization; they can't be promoted. chief justice roberts has warned that delays in filling vacancies has created acute difficulties in some judicial districts. that's a quote. let me read it.

Barbara Boxer

0:36:39 to 0:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: he said "the delays in filling vacancies has created acute difficulties in some judicial districts." and certainly we know in this district, we have been in an emergency situation. it is time to get judge chen seated so he can continue serving the people of northern

Barbara Boxer

0:37:00 to 0:37:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: california as a district court judge. i commend judge chen for his strength and his perseverance over the past 21 months. this has not been an easy thing. i commend his family for standing by him. i again commend senator feinstein for fighting for him. and i commend everybody here who

Barbara Boxer

0:37:22 to 0:37:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: was able to somehow hammer out an agreement to have an up-or-down vote on this very talented man. so i close with great hopes that we're going to get this nominee confirmed. and in advance of that -- and i hope i'm right in doing this -- i want to congratulate judge chen and his family.

Barbara Boxer

0:37:44 to 0:38:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and i do urge my colleagues to cast their votes to confirm this highly qualified and respected nominee to the northern california district and make history in doing so, and be proud in doing so, and know that when we put qualified people on the court who bring a different background to the court, that we're doing something very

Barbara Boxer

0:38:05 to 0:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: positive for america. that's what america is. i'm a first-generation american on my mother's side, and i can tell you what i learned from her, that we should kiss the ground of this country. as i grew up, i realized that

Barbara Boxer

0:38:27 to 0:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: one of the great things about our country is that we are such an experimenting democracy. people from every background, every religion, differences; but we believe in one thing, and that is protection of our rights, and that is we believe in freedoms that we get from this nation and we vow to protect those freedoms.

Barbara Boxer

0:38:49 to 0:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and part of protecting those freedoms is to put people on the bench who understand that, as benjamin franklin once said, you have a republic if you can keep it. and the way to keep it is not to bar people from getting these up-or-down votes. put good people on this bench.

Barbara Boxer

0:39:10 to 0:39:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: you can vote no, you can vote yes. yes, there are times when we say we want a supermajority, but for ed chen, this isn't one of those times. and i look forward to his positive vote. i thank you very much, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent that the

Barbara Boxer

0:39:32 to 0:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: time that is unused be charged to either side during quorum calls. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. boxer: during the quorum calls, be charged to either side. the presiding officer: without objection, s mrs. boxer: now i suggest the absence o the presiding officer: the

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