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Senate Proceeding on Jun 10th, 2009 :: 6:40:15 to 6:52:10
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Jeff Sessions

6:40:10 to 6:40:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quorum call: the presiding officer: the mr. sessions: mr. p ask that the quorum call be tis spenced with. objection, so mr. sessions: -- dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. sessions: mr. president to the american people, we're going to do our best to have a hearing

Jeff Sessions

6:40:15 to 6:52:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

6:40:34 to 6:40:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in the judiciary committee on her confirmation and that the american people will feel it is fa say it's the best hearing we've ever had. i have to tell you, though, that things are moving fast. faster than i would l seen them move. and it does cause some difficulties for us. as i discussed on the floor

Jeff Sessions

6:40:55 to 6:41:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: yesterday, the republican members of the judiciary committee are deeply con about thisrocess being moved this yesterday chairman leahy unilaterally announced that the hearings would begin on july 13th. some 48 days from the announcement of thi nomination.

Jeff Sessions

6:41:18 to 6:41:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i won but would just note in the recent three supreme cou nominees, justice breyer's hearing was 60 days after the announcement, justice roberts, the one who has been most cited and was the shortest was 55, and justice alito's was 70.

Jeff Sessions

6:41:39 to 6:41:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and i would note that justice robert had 370 ces, judge sotomayor has 3,500-plus cases to review. so i think it is better to quote senator schumer, senator leahy in remarks they made previously that it's better to do it right

Jeff Sessions

6:42:00 to 6:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: than to do it too fast. and i would note that last week -- late last week the white house answers -- questionnaire that we send to all nominees requiring a good deal of information that's been done in a bipartisan basis. those answers were sent forward

Jeff Sessions

6:42:21 to 6:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and with great fanfare in a press release from the obama administration's white house counsel's office proclaiming that they set a record by completing the process in just nine days. but this is a confirmation process, not a confirmation race. and the white house, i think,

Jeff Sessions

6:42:42 to 6:43:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: should focus more on having a thorough and complete answer to the questionnaire, entering the guiness book of record for the fastest response. we know now that judge sotomayor has omitted and failed to include key information that provided incomplete sometimes contradictory responses to the questionnaire.

Jeff Sessions

6:43:04 to 6:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the responses are not satisfactory. so the republican -- republican members of the judiciary committee who have been through, most of them,or some time and seen these issues develop before, had written to ask that the nominee fulfill her duty to

Jeff Sessions

6:43:26 to 6:43:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: provide clear answers to our questions. and to -- i think obtain quite a bit not available and should have been included. so i have that letter here, mr. president. i would offer it as part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection.

Jeff Sessions

6:43:47 to 6:44:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so ordered. mr. sessions: so now, of course, the judge has provided a committee with a good deal of information. we also appreciate that the judge has already once recognized that the questionnaire was incomplete.

Jeff Sessions

6:44:08 to 6:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the issue she provided the committee with additional information on june 6th, that really should have been in the first response. however, we are still concerned with several aspects, as i've already said, the minority leader reiterated this morning, members of the judiciary

Jeff Sessions

6:44:29 to 6:44:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: committee and the full senate need a complete record in order to make informed judgments on this nomination. this is a lifetime appointment. and it's our one chance in congress to get it right. a justice on the supreme court, if they're not faithful, has the

Jeff Sessions

6:44:52 to 6:45:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: power to actually alter the constitution in addition to faithfully follow it and sometimes i think that's what they've done. and we need to know what kind of judge we're going to get. does this judge understand that he or she will be under the law, subordinate to the law, one who must faithfully follow the law? or do they believe they are above the law and have the

Jeff Sessions

6:45:15 to 6:45:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: freedom and the ability to interpret in new and novel ways which some agenda he or she might have if they're on the bench. i think the american people are concerned about that. i think they have a right to be concerned about that. decisions have been rendered, in my opinion, that are not faithful to the constitution,

Jeff Sessions

6:45:36 to 6:45:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not required by the co so those are the things we ought to talk about, and do it in a fair way, at no need to be personal about it. so the oversights and errors in this questionnaire are the product of trying to rush through a nominee with one of the lengthiest records in recent history, maybe ever, to the

Jeff Sessions

6:45:59 to 6:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: supreme court shortest time frames in history. so i think we should try to get it right. i believe a fair and thorough process is the best -- a fair and thorough process in the best spirit of this chamber and in the best interests of this nation is what we should look

Jeff Sessions

6:46:22 to 6:46:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: forward to. so i want to see that we get t complete record and get b the right track. i believe question do that and it's important that we work at it. so i promised, as i said, to do what i can and i believe we will have a very fair and objective hearing.

Jeff Sessions

6:46:44 to 6:47:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but it's also are fair to the american people, and they are depending on us to carefully scrutinize anyone that comes up for confirmation. we cannot do that without a complete questionnaire. so, mr. president, there are a number of things i raised the other day -- yesterday about the shortfall, and i'll just brily make a point or two.

Jeff Sessions

6:47:06 to 6:47:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the letter sets forth in some detail quite a number of areas we -- we set forth. it's eight different items and some other comments that we feel are inadequate that we call for additional information on. it's some significant matters, i

Jeff Sessions

6:47:27 to 6:47:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: when the judge supplemented her initial questionnaire on june 6 by providing us with a report concerning the death penalty article that she drafted during her time on the board of the puerto rican legal defense and education fund. she had initially omitted that from the report. we would appciate confirmation

Jeff Sessions

6:47:49 to 6:48:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that a thorough review of those records has been completed given the initial omission, and that she's provided all the relevant documents to the committee in response to this question. and there are other questions of writings, reports and speeches, question 12a requires a nominee to list copies of materials

Jeff Sessions

6:48:10 to 6:48:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: written or edited. judge sotomayor has been widely described as the editor -- one of the editors of the yale law journal and is of the yale studies in world public order. however, we've not received any copies of materials publication that she may have added to.

Jeff Sessions

6:48:31 to 6:48:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so we need to see cops of those material. the questionnaire also requires copies of reports, memorandums and policy statements prepared for specified organizations. the judge responded -- quote -- "as a member of various court committees, she has prepared and

Jeff Sessions

6:48:52 to 6:49:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: contributed to numerous reports and memoranda on court issues which relate deliberations that are not available for public dissemination." well, i don't think those are the kind of documents that are secret. i think they can be obtained and we feel like the questionnaire calls for believe it does.

Jeff Sessions

6:49:14 to 6:49:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: question 12d talks about a list of speeches and lectures providing the text of those speeches, or if that's not available, outlines or notes, and if not that, a summary of the subject matter involved in the speeches. so about a third of those

Jeff Sessions

6:49:35 to 6:49:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: speeches have not been and the summaries are inadequate. i'll just give an example. this was a response to one of them. quote -- "i spoke on second circuit employment discrimination cases." no summary of what was it about, no outline or other information

Jeff Sessions

6:49:56 to 6:50:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on that another one -- kuwaiti -- "i spoke -- quote -- "i spoke at a federal court externalship class on access to justice." another one, "i spoke on the united states judicial system." another one -- quote -- "i participated in a symposium on post-conviction relief and spoke

Jeff Sessions

6:50:17 to 6:50:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on the execution of judgments of convictions." another one -- quote -- "i spoke on the implementation of the hague convention in the united states and abroad." it goes those really are inadequate responses probably as a result of rushing the questionnaire through. and back and see, first of all, that she can find the written speech

Jeff Sessions

6:50:39 to 6:51:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that she gave and provide us a copy of it. that would be helpful as we there have been some questions about the speeches that the nominee has made. so, mr. president, i won't take any more time. i'll let the letter speak for itself. i tried to call the judge earlie this

Jeff Sessions

6:51:02 to 6:51:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: won't be available until sometime later, just to tell her that this is coming forward. i believe the -- the -- her staff may have already been notified of it. but the white house counsel's -- notified of it by the white house counsel's office. these are not littlitiy bitty matters, they're important

Jeff Sessions

6:51:23 to 6:51:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: matters if we're going to move forward in a record-breaking time frame, the least we can answers for these questions. it's inappropriate that we insist that this questionnaire -- it's appropriate that we insist that these questionnaire be and completely answered and i hope and believe that we will. certainly that's what our request would be. i tha the floor and note the absence of a quorum.

Jeff Sessions

6:51:44 to 6:51:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the presidin will call the roll.

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