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Despite this record of confirmations, we continue to hear complaints about the way this President's nominees are being treated. I would point out that in only 6 sessions of
Furthermore, given the cooperation we have shown, I am somewhat disappointed that the Senate Majority wants to turn to a controversial nomination next rather than continue on the path of cooperative confirmations. The Senate Majority Leader has scheduled a cloture vote for tomorrow on the nomination of
With regard to the vote tomorrow, there will be some who say that this nomination has been vacant for too long, and that this nominee is being treated unfairly - needlessly waiting on the Calendar for too many weeks. Well, such arguments fail to consider the history of this seat or of the record established by my colleagues on the other side, regarding the consideration of nominations to the D.C. Circuit.
This seat has been vacant for over six years. It became vacant upon the elevation of
Well, it is not that he didn't have the votes in Committee. The fact is - the Democratic minority would not allow a vote. This was accomplished by holding him over at his first markup, which the rules permit and is a legitimate exercise of the right of the minority. However, for the remaining executive sessions in September of that year, prior to final adjournment, they either made sure the committee did not have a quorum, so we could not vote, or they took the extraordinary step of invoking the 2-hour rule so the committee could not meet. I would note that a quorum was present early in one meeting but evaporated when
This was despite being rated unanimously Well-Qualified by the
Likewise, when one considers the treatment of previous nominees to the D.C. Circuit, it is evident that the nomination of Ms. Halligan is not being treated in an unfair manner. In fact, her nomination is proceeding far better than many nominated to this court. I would remind my colleagues that previous nominees were subjected to delayed or multiple hearings, to extensive delays in committee, to multiple filibusters on the
With regard to the nominations before us today, I'd like to say a few words about the nominees.
In 2002, the nominee joined the law firm
We are also considering the nomination of Judge
The third nominee we are considering today is
From 1989 to 2002,
And finally, we are considering the nomination of
Early in his legal career,
In 1996, he founded his own firm and continues to represent these entities and practice in these areas. He has also represented defendants in large class action lawsuits filed in the
In addition to his litigation practice,
I intend to vote for each of these nominees and urge my colleagues to do likewise.
I thank the Chair and yield the floor.
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