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Senate Proceeding on Aug 6th, 2009 :: 4:17:40 to 4:22:59
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Barbara Boxer

4:17:40 to 4:22:59( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

4:17:50 to 4:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: quorum call: mrs. positioner: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from california is recognized. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i ask that t dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. boxer: mr. president, i want to begin my remarks by introducing into the record a letter that i wrote with senator olympia snowe in may after justice souter

Barbara Boxer

4:18:12 to 4:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: retiring from the supreme court. so i'd ask unanimous consent that that letter be included in the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mrs. boxer: at that time, we wrote -- quote -- "the most important thing is to nominate an exceptionally well-qualified intelligent foreign replace justice souter and we are convinced that that person

Barbara Boxer

4:18:34 to 4:18:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: should be a woman." now, that was a letter written by a democrat and a republican senator who believed strongly that it really does matter when you only have one woman on a court of nine, as we

Barbara Boxer

4:18:55 to 4:19:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: do right now until we vote. it is just not enough. well, president obama has nominated an exceptionally well-qualified and intelligent woman. she has more experience on the federal bench than any supreme court nominee in the last 100 years. she received the highest rating rating from the american bar

Barbara Boxer

4:19:18 to 4:19:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: association and will be an outstanding addition to the high court. when she is confirmed, she will become only the third woman, the third woman ever to don the robes of a supreme court justice. she will make history as the nation's first hispanic supreme

Barbara Boxer

4:19:40 to 4:20:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: court justice. this is a proud moment for our entire nation and especially for the 13 million latinos in california and the 45 million latinos nationwide. she already is a role molds for model for so many young w.

Barbara Boxer

4:20:01 to 4:20:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: as justice sandra day o'connor said in a recent interview -- quote -- "about half of all law graduates today are women and we have a tremendous number of qualified women in the country who are serving as lawyers so they ought to be represented on the court." in the weeks since she was nominated, judge sotomayor has

Barbara Boxer

4:20:25 to 4:20:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: proven that she is the right judgment and the right temperament to serve on the nation's high court. this is a pro nation, a very she demonstrated during a week of intense questioningefore the judiciary committee that

Barbara Boxer

4:20:46 to 4:21:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: she's tough, she's smart, and, most important, she knows the law. during those hearings, she made clear that she understands the role of a judge, which is to apply the law, apply the law to the facts of each and every case. she said -- quote -- "in the past month, many senators have asked me about my judicial

Barbara Boxer

4:21:08 to 4:21:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: philosophy." and she went on to say, "it is simp fidelity to the law." the task of a injury, she said, "is not to make law, it i to apply the law." her 17-year record as a federal judge demonstrates her respect for the law and let me read some comments from

Barbara Boxer

4:21:32 to 4:21:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: judge sotomayor's many supporters. robert attorneyor the county onew york said -- quote -- "judge sotomayor's career in the law spans three decades and she worked in almost every level of the judicial system: prosecutor, private litigator, trial court judge, appellate court judge. she is an able champion of the

Barbara Boxer

4:21:55 to 4:22:15( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: law," he said, "and her depth of experience will be invaluable on our highest court." kim askew, chair of the american bar association standing committee on the federal judiciary, said of judge for integrity and outstanding character.

Barbara Boxer

4:22:16 to 4:22:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: her judicial temperament meets the high standards for appointment to the court." and i have to say, mr. president, having some of the very tough questioning of judge sotomayo say, questions that were asked and answered and then asked and

Barbara Boxer

4:22:39 to 4:22:59( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: answered and asked and answere answered -- the judge showed that she u senators had a right to be tough tough, had a right to ask her anything they wanted, and she stood her ground beautifully. second circuit chief judge dennis jacobs said -- quote -- "

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