Sen. Leahy: Senate Republicans Leave Town After Blocking Dozens Of Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - Vermont)
“We all know that justice delayed is justice denied. By denying confirmation votes to 15 of these 17 nominations, Senate Republicans are denying justice to the American people,” Leahy said. “By refusing to vote on these 15 nominations, Senate Republicans have declared that they are unconcerned about the millions of Americans who will continue to lack adequate access to our Federal courts and speedy justice.” “Senate Republicans have not explained their unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s consensus nominees, they just try to pretend it does not exist,” Leahy said. “The American people know better, and they deserve better.”
Sen. Boxer Floor Statement on 111th Congress
(Democrat - California)
"And we cannot rest until other important judicial nominees are confirmed, including professor Goodwin Liu for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District of California, Judge Edward Davila for the Northern District of California, and Judge Anthony Battaglia for the Southern District of California."
Diversity matters on the Supreme Court (Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin)
(Democrat - Maryland)
"If you work for a living, if you're a woman, if you vote, if you care about the air we breathe or the water you drink, if you're a consumer, you need to be concerned about the Supreme Court.
The White House and the Senate should also be working to increase the diversity of the judges on the lower federal courts, which hear the vast majority of cases. ...With the nomination of Judge Albert Diaz of North Carolina, the Senate has another opportunity to increase diversity on the Fourth Circuit. If confirmed, Judge Diaz would be the first Latino judge to ever sit on the Fourth Circuit in its history.
President Obama is trying to reshape the federal judiciary to reflect American society. He has nominated women and minorities at an unprecedented rate. Of Obama’s 70 Appellate and District Court nominees, 44% are female and 43% are minorities. By contrast, of the 322 confirmed judges during the Bush administration, only 22% were women and less than 18% were minorities. President Obama has made great strides in trying to create a judiciary that is representative of the people. If only the Senate could move forward and actually confirm more of these fine jurists."
Women's right to vote celebates 90 years but struggle for equality continues
(Democrat - Nevada)
Sen. Harry Reid: "Democrats have worked to rectify this continuing inequality by passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure that women are paid the same as men for the same work. Democrats also passed health care reform that bans insurance companies from charging women more than men for the same coverage on the basis of their gender, and that provides free preventative care for millions of women across America. And Democrats voted overwhelmingly to send Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, putting three female Justices on the Supreme Court for the first time in our nation’s history."
SEN. ROCKEFELLER STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ELENA KAGAN TO BE AN ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT
(Democrat - West Virginia)
"I believe she understands, and cares about, the enormously important role that our courts play in protecting the freedoms of all Americans under the Constitution.
“Ms. Kagan’s record speaks volumes about her qualifications for this role—a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, an esteemed law professor, an adviser to President Clinton, the first female Dean of Harvard’s law school, and the first female Solicitor General of the United States. Ms. Kagan’s dedication to our country is admirable and her career is distinguished. It is no surprise that she has received support from both sides of the aisle and across the political spectrum—I too feel confident in giving my full support to her confirmation.”