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Filibuster of Judicial Nominees Ill-Serves America

Location: Washington, DC

FILIBUSTER OF JUDICIAL NOMINEES ILL-SERVES AMERICA -- (House of Representatives - May 11, 2005)

(Mr. CHABOT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Speaker, blocking confirmation of judges by a minority in the Senate ill-serves the American people.

Filibustering judges is not part of the Constitution; it is not even part of the old Senate rules. The Constitution is clear on what is required of the Senate and its responsibility under the Advice and Consent Clause as it applies to judicial nominations: Majority support. Never has a nominee with clear majority support been denied an up-or-down vote.

Four vacancies continue to exist in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals where my district of Cincinnati is contained. One of those vacancies could have been filled by Judge Richard Griffin whose nomination has been pending for 145 days, 145 days. Judge Griffin has the support of his colleagues and individuals such as former President Gerald Ford. He has been rated by the American Bar Association as "well qualified," a rating that has historically secured a nominee's confirmation, but not anymore.

If the Senate wants to amend the Constitution, it should do so as provided by our Founding Fathers, not by the threats of a minority to shut the place down if they do not get their way.

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