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Senate Proceeding on Jul 29th, 2010 :: 3:21:50 to 3:26:25
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Amy Klobuchar

3:21:47 to 3:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: states senate begin doing the people's business a yield the floor. ms. klobuchar: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: i rise today to addrs the need to move quickly and to confirm several judicial nominees. i would say many qualified judicial nominees, and you're going to hear about a number of them today. i'm going to talk specifically

Amy Klobuchar

3:21:50 to 3:26:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:08 to 3:22:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: about the highly qualified nominee for the district of minnesota who was unanimously voted out of our judiciary committee more than a month ago. our failure to confirm susan richard nelson quickly has consequences for my state. the judge she has been nominated to replace took senior status as of last october and is stepping

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:31 to 3:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: down from the federal bench altogether in just a couple of weeks. that means a smaller number of judges will be doing the same heavy workload until she is confirmed, which isn't fair to my state or many of the states that you will hear from today. this nomination is important to our district. our district's caseload has increased significantly in recent years.

Amy Klobuchar

3:22:52 to 3:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in fact, as of june, 2008, our district had the second highest number of case filings per judgeship in the entire country. the second highest in 2008 in the entire country, yet if this -- if she is not confirmed after coming through our committee unanimously, we will be even down a judge even though

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:13 to 3:23:34( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we have this high caseload. and even as of december, 2009, we were still in the top ten most overloaded districts in the country. from 2008-2009, the district saw a 54% jump in the number of civil cases filed. thus with over 5,000 civil cases currently pending and only six judges on a full-time status to deal with these cases, not to

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:35 to 3:23:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: mention the docket of criminal cases on top of that, the district needs judge nelson to be confirmed quickly. delay is not an option here. it is worth noting that by the time in this time in president bush's administration, we confirmed 61 judicial nominees. by contrast, we have only confirmed 36 of president obama's.

Amy Klobuchar

3:23:57 to 3:24:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: when a vacancy arose on the federal district court in minnesota, i convened a judicial selection committee that considered many highly qualified candidates, and from this fine pool of applicants, i recommended susan richard nelson to the president. president obama formally nominated her for this position, and i appreciate the work of senators leahy and senator

Amy Klobuchar

3:24:18 to 3:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: sessions who is also here in making sure that she had a speedy nomination hearing. however, -- and this is a familiar story for several nominees -- after susan richard nelson received a unanimous vote in the committee, her nomination has stalled out on the senate floor. there is no reason to hold up this nomination, madam president.

Amy Klobuchar

3:24:39 to 3:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: susan richard nelson is exactly the kind of person that you would like to see sitting in a judge's seat. she has been a magistrate judge for the district of minnesota for the last eight years where she has earned the respect of litigants, lawyers and judicial colleagues alike. sh has a judicial temperament, personal integrity and keen legal mind that are absolute prerequisites for this job.

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:01 to 3:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: throughout her tenure, she has gained a reputation as a fair but stern magistrate judge, one who is thorough and prepared. she has been described as a judge -- quote -- "who favors neither plaintiffs nor defendants, who listens carefully to both sides of every matter she hears, and who can be relied upon to give articulate, well-reasoned explanations for

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:22 to 3:25:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: her decisions." the a.b.a. standing committee on the federal judiciary unanimously gave judge nelson their highest rating. i believe she will make a fine federal judge, and that is why i rise to speakoday, madam president. but this isn't just a minnesota issue. this is a national issue. as a former prosecutor, i know what happens when you have an overloaded judiciary, when you

Amy Klobuchar

3:25:44 to 3:26:05( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: don't have the players in place. these are the prosecutors, the public defenders or the judges. when you don't have judges available to hear cases, judges whose time is spread too thin, that means cases don't get ard, victims don't get justice, litigants don't get their problems solved. in other words, it slows down the wheels of justice when you don't have the people in place to actually hear the cases. it is my hope again that we can

Amy Klobuchar

3:26:06 to 3:26:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: end this waiting game and confirm these nominees. i truly appreciate the bipartisan work on our committee to confirm -- to get these judges through to the floor, but now is the time to gethe work done. i know that we will be asking for unanimous consent for a group for the judges that we are

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