Statement by U.S. Senator Joe Biden on the Nomination of Harriet Miers to The Supreme Court
"I congratulate Harriet Miers on her nomination to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. There's a lot at stake in replacing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been the most important swing vote on our nation's highest Court. Since 1995 there have been 193 five-to-four decisions. Justice O'Connor was in the majority in 148 of those 193 decisions.
"There are two critical questions which nominees to the Supreme Court must answer: First, how far can government intrude into the most personal decisions of Americans? Second, whether government can act as a shield to protect people from abuses by powerful interests? These are bedrock questions of constitutional law, and I look forward to discussing them with Ms. Miers at her upcoming confirmation hearings.
"Because so little is known about Ms. Miers, most Americans -- like me -- are not sure what type of Supreme Court Justice she will make. The American people are entitled to know her views on fundamental constitutional rights. I hope she will be forthcoming in her testimony."