Thursday, May 19, 2005

Democrats Who Wanted up-or-down Votes on Judges

Quotes from Democrat Senators when they opposed the filibuster: (hat tip to Bench Memos)

Biden (Del.), March 19, 1997: “I also respectfully suggest that everyone who is nominated is entitled to have a shot, to have a hearing and to have a shot to be heard on the floor and have a vote on the floor.”

Boxer (Cal.), May 14, 1997: “It is not the role of the Senate to obstruct the process and prevent numbers of highly qualified nominees from even being given the opportunity for a vote on the Senate floor.”

Daschle (S.D.), October 28, 1999: “[I]t is wrong not to have a vote on the Senate floor.” (Congressional Record)

Durbin (Ill.), September 28, 1998: “We should meet our responsibility. I think that responsibility requires us to act in a timely fashion on nominees sent before us. ... Vote the person up or down.”

Feinstein (Cal.), October 4, 1999: “Our institutional integrity requires an up-or-down vote.” (Congressional Record)

Harkin (Ia.), June 22, 1995: "[O]nce and for all, put behind us this filibuster procedure on nominations." (Congressional Record)

Kennedy (Mass.), February 3, 1998: “We owe it to Americans across the country to give these nominees a vote.”

Kohl (Wis.), September 21, 1999: “These nominees, who have to put their lives on hold waiting for us to act, deserve an ‘up or down’ vote.” (Congressional Record)

Leahy (Vt.), June 18, 1998: “I have stated over and over again … that I would object and fight against any filibuster on a judge, whether it is somebody I opposed or supported.” (Congressional Record)

Levin (Mich.), June 21, 1995: "If a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate is prepared to vote to confirm the President's appointment, that vote should occur." (Congressional Record)

Reid (Nev.), June 9, 2001: “[W]e should have up-or-down votes in the committee and on the floor.” (on CNN’s “Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields”)

Schumer (N.Y.), March 7, 2000: “[W]e are charged with voting on the nominees. The Constitution does not say if the Congress is controlled by a different party than the President there shall be no judges chosen.” (Congressional Record)

(Go read all the quotes.)

Remember these quotes the next time that one of these Senators speaks in favor of the filibuster of judicial nominees.

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