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Senate Proceeding on May 17th, 2011 :: 0:21:05 to 0:31:30
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Richard Burr

0:20:50 to 0:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the clerk will call the roll. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. a senator: thank you. madam president, i rise today -- the presiding officer: the senate is in a quorum call. mr. blumenthal: i am sorry, madam president. i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be dispensed wsm. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. blumenthal: thank you, madam president.

Richard Burr

0:21:05 to 0:31:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

0:21:12 to 0:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i rise today to voice my strong support for the nomination of susan carney to serve as an appeals court judge on the second circuit court of appeals, one of our most distinguished appeals court panels among the federal circuit. and i hope that the united states senate will move swiftly to confirm her to fill one of

Richard Burr

0:21:36 to 0:21:58( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the open seats on this critically important court. ms. carney has truly impressive credentials for appointment to the federal bench. she graduated couple laud from harvard and magnum mum laud

Richard Burr

0:21:59 to 0:22:19( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: from -- she then went to clerk for judge levin campbell. she serves as deputy general counsel for yale university. one of country's great institutions of higher learning and previously served as an

Richard Burr

0:22:20 to 0:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: associate general counsel for yale. in her capacity at yale she advises the university on a wide range of legal issues, some of them complex and challenging, relating to intellectual property, international transaction and commercial matters. ms. carney's time at yale has exposed to her a broad array, a

Richard Burr

0:22:41 to 0:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: diverse swath of federal law giving her a breadth of experience that truly qualifies her to serve on the second circuit, which handles federal appeals on legal issues arising within new york, vermont, and connecticut.

Richard Burr

0:23:02 to 0:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in various matters ms. carney has advised yale in reaching very successful results and that experience will serve her well on the bench, her experience as an advocate has given her a

Richard Burr

0:23:23 to 0:23:43( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: perspective that will give her the kinds of qualities a respect for other advocates who come before the court, a respect for the legal principles at stake, for the factual findings of courts below, and of all the considerations that are so

Richard Burr

0:23:44 to 0:24:09( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: critically important to ability and integrity on the federal court of appeals. she spent 17 years working as a private practice attorney in washington, d.c., and boston, and, thereto, she represented a wide array of clients on major issues including, for example,

Richard Burr

0:24:10 to 0:24:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: maj baseball association. in the tennessee court the nlrb determined that striking employees could not be replaced and the d.c. circuit issued a similarly positive verdict. as impressive as her commercial

Richard Burr

0:24:31 to 0:24:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and private litigation is, her commitment to pro bono, public service work. she engaged in such work throughout her time as lawyer offering free legal counsel to pro bono clients and even volunteering as a tutor. her commitment to the community as well as appropriate legal

Richard Burr

0:24:54 to 0:25:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: representation for all clients demonstrate a real respect for the legal system and the fairness shall the fundamental fairness of the legal system that i believe should be and is broadly shared by members of the federal bench. her nomination comes at a particularly pressing and

Richard Burr

0:25:15 to 0:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: challenging time for the second circuit. the vacancy that she's slated to fill has been designated as a judicial emergency. the vacancy has existed since october 10, 2009. there are two open seats on this court from connecticut, which is

Richard Burr

0:25:38 to 0:25:58( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: currently more than 15% understaffed. so the arrival of susan carney to the second circuit will have immediate impacts. it will help immediately to address the understaffing problem and the work burden that has accumulated as a result of it and it will ensure that this caseload can be addressed

Richard Burr

0:25:59 to 0:26:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: quickly and efficiently. we hear in this body the famous saying that justice delayed is justice denied. truly it is often justice denied if it is delayed. and in practical circumstances, people have a right to their day

Richard Burr

0:26:21 to 0:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in court, which includes a day in the court of appeals. in the federal courts that appeal is generally one of right. it is not discretionary. and to deprive people of that right is truly a denial of justice. i've been impressed since i have come to the senate by the good

Richard Burr

0:26:44 to 0:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: faith that has been shown by both sides in working to address this growing judicial vacancy issue. some have thought it an epidemic in. in many circuits its been characterized as a judicial emergency. and it has been spurred by

Richard Burr

0:27:05 to 0:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: respected figures from across the spectrum, from chief justice roberts to attorney general holder and the senate has been moving very responsively and responsibly to address this issue and i'm hopeful that this nomination of susan carney and

Richard Burr

0:27:26 to 0:27:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: others that will follow as some have preceded it, will lead to a new era in addressing the judicial vacancy problem throughout our federal courts much the american people expect us to work together just as they expect the kowts to give them justice and so far i've been encouraged to see members of both parties working with the

Richard Burr

0:27:49 to 0:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: senate to act expeditiously on these nominations. some of them very long delayed. and i hope that the senate will continue this trend with the swift confirmation of susan carney to the second circuit. on the issue of emergencies, i'd like to address a second topic, madam president.

Richard Burr

0:28:10 to 0:28:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: over the last decade what we've seen is a pattern of rising profits on part of oil companies, the emergency for consumers is one of rising prices now. and i believe that we have an obligation to assure fundamental

Richard Burr

0:28:34 to 0:28:54( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: fairness in our tax code by eliminating, in effect, the tax subsidies and loopholes and giveaways that are such an offense to the justice and fairness of our system. in spite of the big five oil companies earning more than $1 trillion in profits,

Richard Burr

0:28:55 to 0:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: they have enjoyed tens of millions of dollars in these taxpayer subsidies. they are unconscionable. they are unacceptable. they must end. and that is the purpose of the legislation that we are going to consider later today. i strongly support it in the interest of consumers, but more

Richard Burr

0:29:18 to 0:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: important, in the interest of taxpayers to repair a part of our deficit while families and business in connecticut paying more than $4.25 a gallon, putting a strain on all of our family budgets. the big oil companies continue

Richard Burr

0:29:39 to 0:30:01( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to rake in these big profits and continue to put a dent in our fiscal situation. the companies m over $30 million in profits in the first-quarter of this year alone representing a 50% increase in profits from last year. the long and short of this debate is that big oil doesn't

Richard Burr

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

Richard Burr: need these subsidies. they don't need the help of american taxpayers to do exploration or any of the other activities that are involved in producing the profits that they enjoy so abundantly. ending these subsidies, despite claims to the contrary, will not

Richard Burr

0:30:24 to 0:30:44( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: increase prices at the pump and, indeed, will provide for basic fairness so that americans no longer have to pay for these giveaways and tax breaks to some of the most profitable companies in the world. people in my home state of connecticut and across the country remain concerned about

Richard Burr

0:30:45 to 0:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: reducing our debt rap our deficit. we -- debt and our deficit. we can't do it if we have this plethora of subsidies and giveaways and breaks to special interest and corporations, like big oil, that simply don't need it. ordinary americans in connecticut and elsewhere are struggling to stay in their

Richard Burr

0:31:08 to 0:31:31( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: homes, find jobs, keep their families together, and they regard these subsidies as offensive to fundamental fairness and they are right and i urge this body to act later today in eliminating those loopholes an subsidies. i thank -- and

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