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Chambliss Says Judicial Deal Doesn't Go Far Enough

Location: Washington, DC

Chambliss Says Judicial Deal Doesn't Go Far Enough

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today released the following statement in response to the recent Senate action regarding judicial confirmations.

"Frankly, overall I am very disappointed in this so-called "memorandum of understanding" between 14 of my colleagues. I am glad that we are now going to get an up-or-down vote on three highly qualified nominees - Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and Bill Pryor - who have all been vehemently filibustered by the other side. I am also glad that some of my friends on the other side have now reversed course and realize these are qualified individuals who should be appointed to the bench.

"However, I am really disappointed in the fact that we are not getting an agreement to have an up-or-down vote on every one of the president's judicial nominees that come out of the Judiciary Committee. It is my hope that, as this agreement plays out, all of the Democrats who are signatories to the agreement really meant what they said when they agreed to allow an up-or-down vote, and do not filibuster judicial nominees except in the case of extraordinary circumstance, which should not apply to any of the nominees of President Bush.

"With all that has been said by the Democrats about the extremism of Pricilla Owen, the standard has been set as she was confirmed by a margin of 56-43.

"Even though I may not support all of the current judicial nominees, I still think they deserve an up-or-down vote, and this is my position irrespective of who is president at any particular time.

"Although I wouldn't have signed onto any agreement like this, I think it's important for the Republican signatories to be prepared to enforce their agreement. If the Democrats that signed on don't merit the so-called "trust" that all of the signatories said they have in each other, I hope the Senators on our side are going to be willing to take the appropriate stand at the right time to enforce the literal terms of this agreement."

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