Dr. Coburn Remarks on the Nomination of Judge Gregory Frizzell of Oklahoma
I come to the floor to follow up on the comments made by my senior senator, Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma, on the qualifications of Judge Gregory Frizzell. He enumerated many of those. This is a fine young man with an impeccable character and integrity and living an example of life of service, not just in what he does as a judge in Oklahoma but what he does in his community in Oklahoma. It has been a real pleasure to get to know him, to also watch him as he went through the process, getting a unanimous vote out of the Judiciary Committee, and having no significant questions raised about his judicial philosophy, his integrity, his character, his background, or his qualifications.
So it's with a great deal of pleasure that I look forward to his vote today. I might comment for a moment, he was capable of being confirmed in the last Congress. And there was no reason why -- no good reason why he wasn't, other than the answers were, "We're not going to approve anymore judges this Congress." That's the reason that I was told by the now-majority leader that he would not be approved. There is no question as to his qualifications.
But it should remind us again of the dangers of partisanship for party instead of partisanship for our country and for future generations. I'm very thankful to the Judiciary Committee chairman, Patrick Leahy from Vermont, for the speed and quickness with which he has brought this to the floor. I thank him for that. And I look forward to working with him on the same speed on any other judges that the president might bring up that the committee would put out of committee. And it's my hope that we can be beyond the partisanship on judiciary nominees and get to the business of filling the significant number of voids and vacancies that are there today that are limiting justice for people in this country.
Justice delayed is justice denied. And a lack of available judges is denying justice to hundreds of thousands of Americans every day so, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee has my commitment to help him in any way that I can to move those as a member of the Judiciary Committee.
It is a great honor that Gregory Frizzell will sit as a federal judge in the northern district of Oklahoma. And it's my hope that we will see many like him fill the spots across this country. With that, I would yield the floor and suggest the absence of a quorum.