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Senate Proceeding on May 19th, 2011 :: 4:01:00 to 4:06:10
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Harry Reid

4:00:42 to 4:01:02( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: all week this body has heard speeches about mr. liu's merits. so i'll repeat them only briefly. avenues rhodes scholar, clerked in the united states supreme court, served as associate dean at the california berkeley school of law, and is a professor there right now. he's done a lost pro bono work,

Harry Reid

4:01:00 to 4:06:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Harry Reid

Harry Reid

4:01:03 to 4:01:23( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: even helped launch americorps. on top of that he is a lived the american dream. he's highly successful coven immigrants. his integrity has been praised by democrats and republicans. not just one or two, but many. former republican congressman and very conservative congressman bob barr commended lieu's commitment to the

Harry Reid

4:01:24 to 4:01:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: constitution. one of president bush's former lawyers says liu falls within the mainstream. even ken starr, whitewater special prosecutor, endorsed this man who served in the clinton administration. the record is clear. anyone who claims that goodwin liu is anything but deserving of

Harry Reid

4:01:47 to 4:02:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: our confirmation is simply inadequate. -- inaccurate. but i recognize every senator has a right to vote how he or she feels they should vote. it's worth noting, however, that the vote before us now is not a vote to confirm him. it's a vote on whether he deserves an up-or-down vote and there's no question that does deserve that up-or-down vote. the simple up-or-down vote is hardly a controversial request.

Harry Reid

4:02:09 to 4:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: this not only my view or the view of my fellow democrats. it's the view of my republican friends as well. in a 2004 law review article, one of our repub colleagues, the junior senator from texas, a longtime member of the texas supreme court, wrote the following -- and i quote -- "wasteful and unnecessary delay

Harry Reid

4:02:31 to 4:02:52( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: in the process of selecting judges hurts our justice system and harms all americans. it is intolerable no matter who occupies the white house and no matter which party is in the majority in the senate, filibusters are by far the most virulent form of delay imaginable." the junior senator from texas is in the chamber today.

Harry Reid

4:02:53 to 4:03:14( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we will see if he still feels that way or if he will, in his own words, hurt our justice system and harm all americans with intolerable, virulent delays. we'll be carefully watching how he votes today. we'll also be carefully watching another republican senator, the senior senator from tennessee,

Harry Reid

4:03:15 to 4:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: who said this in 2005 -- and i quote -- "i pledge then and there i will never filibuster any president's judici nominee, period. i might vote against them but i will always see they come to a vote." the senior senator from tennessee's here today.

Harry Reid

4:03:39 to 4:04:00( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: never is about as unintig with unambiguous as it gets. we'll be watching to see if he up holds his pledge. a third republican senator, the junior senator from george george, said this in 2005 -- and i quote -- "i will vote to support a vote up-or-down on every nominee, understanding that were i in the minority party on the issue -- and the issues reversed, i would take exactly the same position because this document, our

Harry Reid

4:04:01 to 4:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: constitution, does not equivocate." the junior senator from georgia will be voting this afternoon. now, as he predicted, is he in the minority and the issue is reversed. we will see if, as he promised, he will take the same position or if he will equivocate. and here's a fourth. four years ago, another

Harry Reid

4:04:22 to 4:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: republican senator, the senior senator from utah and former chairman of the judiciary committee, said this on this floor -- and i quote -- "we may not use our role of advise and consent -- we may not use our role of advise and consent to undermine the president's authority to appoint judges. it is wrong to use the

Harry Reid

4:04:43 to 4:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: filibuster to defeat judicial nominees who have majority support, who would be confirmed if only we could vote up or down. that is why i've never voted against cloture on judicial nominations." yet another pledge never to vote against cloture on a judicial nomination. that's four. there are more. that is precisely the vote

Harry Reid

4:05:05 to 4:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: before us now. we'll be watching to see if the senior senator from utah follows his own counsel or if he, in his own judgment, undermines the authority of 9 president of the united states -- authority of the president of the united states. these pledges were made publicly and plainly. in a court of law, this would be be -- they would be considered pretty clear evidence.

Harry Reid

4:05:26 to 4:05:46( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: it doesn't take a great legal mind of a goodwin liu to recognize that simple principle. we've heard the promises. now we'll hear the votes. i ask for the yeas and nays. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion cloture. the clerk: cloture motion.

Harry Reid

4:05:47 to 4:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, heeb move to bring to a close the debate on the nomination of goodwin liu of california to be united states circuit judge for the ninth circuit. signed by 17 senators. the presiding officer: by unanimous consent, the mandatory quorum call has been waived. the question is: is it the sense of the senate that debate on the

Harry Reid

4:06:08 to 4:06:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: nomination of goodwin liu of california to be united states circuit judge for the ninth

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