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Senate Proceeding on Jul 12th, 2010 :: 3:14:25 to 3:26:10
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Patrick Leahy

3:14:21 to 3:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: of considerable cooperation. so, mr. president, i wanted to bring that message to the senate, and i thank y yield the floor. the presiding officer: the snoer from vermont. mr. leahy: mr. president, i know we're on dish on the confirmation of sharon coleman? the presiding officer: that's

Patrick Leahy

3:14:25 to 3:26:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Patrick Leahy

3:14:42 to 3:15:02( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: correct. mr. leahy: first, mr. president, i'm going to speak a little bit a going through the distinguished presiding officer would know about this because he had probably about the best attendance of anybody, including the chairman, on the senate

Patrick Leahy

3:15:03 to 3:15:24( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: judiciary committee and has handled a number of these nominations. we're going to proceed today on only one, only one of the 22 judicial been stalled on the floor, on the senate floor by republican

Patrick Leahy

3:15:25 to 3:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: we -- and so everybody will understand how long it takes, this is a nominee we considered and voted out of committee unanimously three months ago. d now we have to go through all this to get through. i menti this because i'm

Patrick Leahy

3:15:47 to 3:16:07( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: concerned that people are to worry about nominated to serve on a court. when you have well-qualified people who are nominated, they then have to -- once they're nominated, they haveo put their lives on hold. they spend a great deal of money to go through the background investigation and all of that.

Patrick Leahy

3:16:08 to 3:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: we have the hearing. they go through be unanimously. then they wait and wait and wait. can't take new clients. if they're in a law firm, the law firm really wants them to leave and go on the bench so they don't interest. and i cannot understand why this

Patrick Leahy

3:16:29 to 3:16:50( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: is happening. i've never seen anything like this in 36 years in the senate. no republican senate on the judiciary committee voted against this nomination. there are another dozen judicial nominations on the senate's executive calendar that were reported by the judiciary committee; no objection.

Patrick Leahy

3:16:51 to 3:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: but they remain sta republican refusal to consent final senate mr. president, i tell people in my home state of vermont i'm sent here to vote yes or no; not to vote maybe. it seems to me everybody wants you to vote maybe.

Patrick Leahy

3:17:13 to 3:17:33( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: if you never have a matter come up to vote, you can never b questioned how you voted, and you voted maybe. there's no good reason why each of these nominations could not be confirmed immediately. and with so many nominations, despite ongoing vacancies and the need in the northern district of illinois for this judge, three months passed

Patrick Leahy

3:17:34 to 3:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: without any explanation. an i'll predict that when we have the roll call of this nomination, she'll be confirmed with virtually which makest even more tragic. but also it hurts the federal judiciary. it hurts the credibility of the federal judiciary.

Patrick Leahy

3:17:57 to 3:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: but i might say, mr. president, especially if something like this where the senate republican leadership would not even consent to a vote or nominatn until today, this certainly hurts the image of the united states senate. people can't understand why when you have something that everybody agrees on, why can't

Patrick Leahy

3:18:21 to 3:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: it come to a vote. we have the senate republic leaderip refusing to enter into time agreements on pending judicial nominations that support democrats and republicans, includi nominations with bipartisan support with north carola and tennessee and south carolina and california and new york and

Patrick Leahy

3:18:44 to 3:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: delaware, virginia, utah, maryland, minnesota, rhode island. every single democrat, every single democrat is prepared to vote on these nominations. we could vote on them tonight if they wanted. we're prepared to vote every single one of them has

Patrick Leahy

3:19:05 to 3:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: been held up by a republican. so i would tell the people of north carolina and tennessee and south carolina and california and new york and delaware and virginia and utah and maryland and minnesota, rhode island, you're wondering where your judges are, they're being held up not by the the republicans. in fact, the senate is

Patrick Leahy

3:19:27 to 3:19:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: dramatically behind the pace i set for president bush's judicial nominees in 2001 and 2002. in 2002, the second year of the bush administration, the democratic senate majority's hard work led to the confirmation of 72 federal, circuit and district judges

Patrick Leahy

3:19:48 to 3:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: nominated by a president from the other party. in this second year of the obama administration, we confirmed just 23 so far. 72 for president bush. 23 for president obama. in the first two years of the bush administration, we confirmed 100 federal, circuit

Patrick Leahy

3:20:09 to 3:20:30( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: and district court judges. so far in the first two years of the obama republican leadership has successfully blocked all by 35 of prepld's -- of proceed to the president obama's nominees.

Patrick Leahy

3:20:31 to 3:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: playing games with the federal judiciary hurts everybody. during the first two years president bush's presidency, i had the opportunity to serve for 17 months of that as chairman. i knew

Patrick Leahy

3:20:52 to 3:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: from a time where republicans had blocked 61 -- 61 -- they pocket filibustered 61 of president clinton's nominees to the judiciary. i said we ought to try stopping that. and so in those 17 months, i had the privilege to serve as chairman. i convinced the people of my

Patrick Leahy

3:21:13 to 3:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: caucus and others, and we confirmed 100 bush's nominees. i m first 48 months, the first 48 months of president bush's presidency, barely half of that

Patrick Leahy

3:21:35 to 3:21:57( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: time, 17 months out of 48 months there were democrats in charge. 31 months there were republicans in charge. during our 17 months, we confirmed 100 of president bush's nominees. during their 31 months, i think they confirmed 100 or 101. same number. so we showed our goo

Patrick Leahy

3:21:58 to 3:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: even though we had seen 61 of the democratic president's nominees pocket filibustered. at this date, president clinton's second year in office, we proceed to confirm 72 of his federal, circuit, district court nominees. this date in president bush's

Patrick Leahy

3:22:19 to 3:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: second year in office, 57. of course we confirmed 1 hundred nunn all. federal judicial vacancies around the country continue to

Patrick Leahy

3:22:40 to 3:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: hover around 100. i can't rember a time we've had 43 sharon coleman has been nominated to fill one of them. we've had to wait three months to get to a vote on it. ten nominations to judicial emergency vacancies that passed out of the judiciary committee, and they remain

Patrick Leahy

3:23:02 to 3:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: stalled here in the senate. last year when senate republicans blocked president obama's nominees, we confirmed the fewest judges in 50 years fewest judges of any president, republican or democratic, years.

Patrick Leahy

3:23:26 to 3:23:47( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: i said another nominee, i said to president obama when he asked why they were blocking everything he tried to do, i said if you nominated moses, the lawgiver, there would be some who would try to block the nomination. in fact, i said at least

Patrick Leahy

3:23:48 to 3:24:08( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: somebody was -- would say you can't produce a birth certificate. this is playing games with the federal judiciary. i don't know what the benefits are. it doesn't benefit the people america, because when you go into the courts, you don't ask whether it is a republican or democrat. you have to go to court, you go to court because you have to go to court.

Patrick Leahy

3:24:09 to 3:24:29( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: they're supposed to be there for everybody. it certainly doesn't make the united states senate look good. when the senate republican leader last year allowed only 12 district court nominees to be

Patrick Leahy

3:24:30 to 3:24:52( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: considered and confirmed despite the fact there were many more, that's wrong. they continue their obstruction throughout this by every measure, republican obstructionists of our federal judiciary, it is a disaster for the federal courts and the american people. the good thing is that sharon

Patrick Leahy

3:24:53 to 3:25:14( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: coleman is going to be confirmed today. after these unnecessary delays, she will be confirmed. and i congratulate sharon coleman and her family on her confirmation. she's currently a justice on t illinois appellate court of chicago. she served previously as a judge on the circuit court of cook

Patrick Leahy

3:25:15 to 3:25:36( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: county, illinois, as deputy states attorney and bureau chief of the cook county state's attorneys office. and as assistant u.s. attorney of the northern district of illinois, as assistant state's attorney in cook the american bar association on

Patrick Leahy

3:25:37 to 3:25:58( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the federal judiciary rated justice coleman well-qualified. after she's confirmed -- and she will be -- there will be be 21 judicial nominations favorably reported by the judiciary committee that have been stalled from senate consideration by the senate republican leadership. for many months i've urged the republican leader to work with

Patrick Leahy

3:25:59 to 3:26:13( Edit History Discussion )

Patrick Leahy: the majority leader to schedule immediate votes on consensus nominees. we will have many that will be confirmed by our committee un

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