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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 3:40:10 to 3:52:00
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Jeff Sessions

3:40:07 to 3:40:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: with than the senator from alabama, senator sessions. mr. sessions: mr. president? senator from alabama. sessions: according to the aclu -- quote -- "there's no basis for a hospital to impose its own religious criteria on a

Jeff Sessions

3:40:10 to 3:52:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

3:40:28 to 3:40:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: patient to deny their emergency care." so this type of religious liberty is not i think what the founders said. i don't think a hospital, who's founded for personal values and has certain moral values, should

Jeff Sessions

3:40:55 to 3:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: be required to give them up as a capitulation to s domination, which is what they were asking for, actually, having the state be able to tell a hospital who didn't believe in abortion. or what about other issue as that may come up, such as end-of-life issues that might be -- hospitals ought to be able to

Jeff Sessions

3:41:17 to 3:41:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: set their -- be able to have and doctors and nurses should be able to have moral views about those matters and not do something they think is wrong and not have to give up their practice or their hospital in order to comply with what this group thinks is the right way to do business. so those are some of the

Jeff Sessions

3:41:38 to 3:41:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: examples of out-of-the-mainstream point of view. it's no secret that this administration shares this kind of legal reasoning. and this is, of course, one of a long line of aclu nominees that we've seen and this kind of reasoning and legal thought is

Jeff Sessions

3:41:59 to 3:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: well to the left of and out of touch with the american people and i think for the most part established law. it seeks to impose its liberal, progressive agenda any way it can, including by filing lawsuits and having judges, unelected, lifetime appointed judges, who've been popped

Jeff Sessions

3:42:21 to 3:42:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: through the senate to what the lawsuit people want to achieve as a matter of policy. not -- not being neutral umpires that adjudicate disputes and decide them narrowly but to try to use the courts as a vehicle to advance an agenda.

Jeff Sessions

3:42:45 to 3:43:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and that's what's really been at the core of the debate in recent years over judicial nominations. and so i not surprising that many of the president's judicial and executive branch nominees have been deeply involved in the aclu, many of them. for example, president obama's first nominee, judge david hamilton, who was confirmed to the seventh circuit last year,

Jeff Sessions

3:43:06 to 3:43:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: was a leading member of the indiana civil liberties union for nine years, where he served as a board member and its vice president for litigation. judge gerard lynch, who now sits on the second circuit, was a cooperating attorney and member of aclu for 25 years.

Jeff Sessions

3:43:28 to 3:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: judge rosuary thompson, who was confirmed to the first circuit earlier this year, had been a member of the aclu for ten years. judge dahli gi, who now sits on the district court for the central district of california, had been a member of the aclu for nine years. carlton reeves, who was confirmed yesterday to the southern district of

Jeff Sessions

3:43:49 to 3:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mississippi, was a member for 12 years and served as a board member. three of president obama's most controversial judicial nominees have extensive involvement with the aclu. edward chin, nominated to the northern district of california was a staff attorney, on staff and member of the aclu of

Jeff Sessions

3:44:10 to 3:44:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: northern california for 16 years. goodwin liu, professor, one of the most extreme nominees, now pending, was nominated to the ninth circuit, already the most activist circuit in america. he was a member of the board of directors of the aclu of northern california for three years.

Jeff Sessions

3:44:32 to 3:44:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: jack mcconnell, nominated to the district of rhode island, was a volunteer lawyer for the aclu as recently as last year. a number of nominees who were recently considered by the judiciary committee also have significant ties to the aclu. amy totenberg, nominated to the northern district of georgia,

Jeff Sessions

3:44:56 to 3:45:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: has been a member for 21 years. robert wilkins, nominated to the district of d.c. was also a member. and michael simon has been a member since 1986. served on the lawyers committee and the board of directors and as its vice president for legislation and vice president

Jeff Sessions

3:45:17 to 3:45:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for litigation. well, i -- that's more than i thought when we started going back and looking at this. i'm sure that less than 1% of the lawyers in america are members of the aclu. it seems if you have the aclu d.n.a., you get a pretty good leg up to being nominated by

Jeff Sessions

3:45:38 to 3:45:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this president. it's clear that the president, our president, a commune activist -- a community activist, a liberal progressive as his friends have described him, and former law professor, is attempting to pack the courts

Jeff Sessions

3:46:00 to 3:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: who share his views and who will promote his vision of what, as he has said about judges, what america should be. close quote. that was his phrase. he said we weren't -- judges who help advance a vision of what america should be. -- we want judges who help

Jeff Sessions

3:46:22 to 3:46:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: advance a vision of what america should be. we all have visions of what americans should be. i'd like to see us be a more friewgle nation, more -- frugal nation. more local government. i'm not for cradle to cradle government. his vision is what? do we want judges on the bench

Jeff Sessions

3:46:43 to 3:47:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: promoting an agenda because they were picked by a president who shares that agenda? that's not the classical american heritage about what judges should be about. judges should take the bench and they should attempt as objectively as they possibly can, having put on that robe,

Jeff Sessions

3:47:05 to 3:47:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and have taken an oath to do equal justice to the poor and to the rich, but to analyze that case objectively and decide it based on the law and the facts, not on their empathy, not on their vision of what america should be. because it may not be what the

Jeff Sessions

3:47:26 to 3:47:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: people's vision is. and democracy is undermine if a judge gets on the bench and feels that they can promote visions. i just got to tell you they're not appointed to be vision promoters. they're appointed to decide discreet matters of law and fact

Jeff Sessions

3:47:49 to 3:48:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: as best the lord give them the ability to do so. so we -- we can't stand idly by and allow that heritage of law that benefits us so greatly, the american rule of law is the greatest strength this nation has, in my opinion, to be altered by promoting a federal

Jeff Sessions

3:48:10 to 3:48:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: judiciary that is agenda oriented. any individual, regardless of the position to which they've been nominated to -- what kind of court position they're nominated to who demonstrates an unwillingness to subordinate his or her personal views, religious, political,

Jeff Sessions

3:48:31 to 3:48:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: idealogical, social, liberal, or conservative -- conservative the can't -- conservatives can't promote their views either. if they can't be faithful to the lawnd the constitution, -- the law and the constitution, they should not be on the bench. so i -- i'm not going to support such nominees and no senator should support it.

Jeff Sessions

3:48:53 to 3:49:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so i've given it a lot of thought. i know mr. martinez has had a long affiliation with the aclu. he's re -- he refused to give us clear answers to these questions that i posed to him. i am not convinced that those

Jeff Sessions

3:49:16 to 3:49:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: issues -- views, which i think are outside legitimate constitutional theory, have been objected to and are not by mr. martinez, indeed, it appears he supports them because he's not with clarity rejected a single one.

Jeff Sessions

3:49:38 to 3:49:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not made any defense to participate in organization who openly advocates these kind of legal views. so a lot of the nominees we ask, do you believe the constitution prohibits the death penalty? they said, no. even though they were part of the organization and some of

Jeff Sessions

3:50:00 to 3:50:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: them, they've -- a lot have been confirmed and i voted for a number of them. i'm just not able to vote for this one. i think -- i just have to say this, you know, we're paid to judge and to vote, and when it

Jeff Sessions

3:50:22 to 3:50:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: comes down to some of the positions taken by the aclu, let's take the one that the constitution prohibits the death penalty are so extreme and are so nonlegal that if a person can't understand that, i have serious doubt they can understand any other significant

Jeff Sessions

3:50:50 to 3:51:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: constitutional principle. therefore, i've concluded that i would not be able to support the nominee although i respect my colleagues who think he will do well. i certainly don't think he's a bad person. i think he's an able person. he's had a wonderful background,

Jeff Sessions

3:51:11 to 3:51:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but his -- his legal history evidences an approach to law that i think is outside the mainstream and i would oppose the nomination. we're not blocking a vote. allowing to have his up or down vote and the senators each will

Jeff Sessions

3:51:32 to 3:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: cast their vote based on how they conclude the matter should be decided. i thank the chair and would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. voinovich: mr. president, i rise today to discuss the senate's deliberation of the new start treaty. and the treaty's implications

Jeff Sessions

3:51:55 to 3:52:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for our friends and allies in eastern central europe and more importantly the national security of the united states.

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