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Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nominations Of Mary Elizabeth Phillips To The Western District Of Missouri And Thomas Owen Rice To The Eastern District Of Washington
(Democrat - Vermont) 03/06/12
"Senate Republicans have chosen to depart dramatically from the long tradition of deference on district court nominees to the home state Senators. Instead, an unprecedented number of President Obama’s highly-qualified district court nominees have been targeted for opposition and obstruction. The nominations the Senate considers today did not receive a single negative vote in the Judiciary Committee. Still, they have been stalled from confirmation for almost five months. It is good that Senate Republicans are finally allowing them to be considered. But we need to do much more. These are only two of the 14 remaining judicial nominations voted on by the Judiciary Committee last year that have been stalled by Senate Republicans for months. They all should have been considered and confirmed last December. "

Sen. Schumer: Video & Transcript of Floor Statement on Need to Confirm Judicial Nominees
(Democrat - New York) 02/28/12
"We have confirmed only three judicial nominees this session, only five in the past two months, and only 11 in the last 90 days. And of the three judges whom we've confirmed this session, we've had to file cloture on two of them."

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Margo Brodie To The Eastern District Of New York
(Democrat - Vermont) 02/27/12
"Since 1945, the Judiciary Committee has reported more than 2,100 district court nominees to the Senate. Of these 2,100 nominees, only six have been reported by party-line votes – only six total in the last 65 years. Five of those six party-line votes have been by Republican Senators against President Obama’s highly-qualified district court nominees. In fact, only 22 of those 2,100 district court nominees were reported by any kind of split roll call vote at all, and eight of those, more than a third, have been by Republican Senators choosing to oppose President Obama’s nominees. President Obama’s nominees are being treated differently than those of any President, Democratic or Republican, before him."

Sen. SCHUMER-RECOMMENDED ATTORNEY JESSE FURMAN CONFIRMED BY FULL SENATE TO SERVE ON UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
(Democrat - New York) 02/21/12
With a Stellar Legal Background and Record of Commitment to Public Service, Furman Will Be an Excellent Judge Schumer: Furman Will Make an Outstanding Addition to the Federal Bench

Sen. Leahy Floor Statement Supporting Jesse Furman Nomination
(Democrat - Vermont) 02/17/12
"I commend the majority leader for pressing forward to obtain a vote on the nomination of Jesse Furman, finally bringing to an end the 5-month Republican filibuster of this nomination. It should not have taken five months and the filing of a cloture petition to secure a vote on this superbly qualified, consensus nominee. When the Judiciary Committee voted on this nomination last September, it had the support of every Democrat and ever Republican on the Committee. Yesterday, I spoke, again, of the dangers posed by this Republican filibuster of a consensus Federal district court nominee. I am glad Senate Republicans have backed away from their misguided effort. The extended delay in considering the Furman nomination has not only been damaging to the Federal District Court of New York, but also to the people it serves. ... With 21 judicial nominations approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting a final vote, with one out of every 10 Federal judgeships vacant throughout the country, and with the Senate still more than 40 confirmations behind the pace we set with President Bush, the Senate cannot afford this continuing obstruction and delay of judicial confirmations. This filibuster, like the filibuster of Judge Adalberto Jordan that we finally ended earlier this week and others, bring derision upon the Senate, are a colossal waste of the time, and harm our Federal courts and the American people seeking justice."

Sen. Gillibrand Floor Statement Supporting Confirmation of Jesse Furman
(Democrat - New York) 02/17/12
"While Jesse is more than qualified to be appointed to a judgeship, his confirmation has been delayed for 5 months by Senate Republicans. What makes this puzzling is the fact that Jesse's nomination was reported unanimously by the Judiciary Committee without opposition from a single member of the Committee. Not a single member. This is the ninth judicial nominee that Majority Leader Reid has had to file cloture on to end a Republican filibuster and secure an up or down vote. It should be noted that Senate Republicans have yet to explain why they refused to consent to Jesse's nomination. In addition, Jesse's nomination is supported by numerous conservatives including former United States Attorney General under G.W. Bush Michael Mukasey"

Sen. Leahy: After More Than Five Months Of Delay, Senate Confirms NY District Court Nominee: Majority Of Judiciary Committee Republicans Flip Votes On Nomination
(Democrat - Vermont) 02/17/12
"The Judiciary Committee reported the nomination to the full Senate by a unanimous voice vote on September 15. No Senator spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination; yet more than half of the Republicans who serve on the Judiciary Committee abandoned their Committee vote on the nomination and opposed its confirmation on the Senate floor."

Sen. Schumer Floor Statement Supporting Jesse Furman Confirmation
(Democrat - New York) 02/17/12
" If we cannot approve Mr. Furman and have a close-to-unanimous vote on him, I do not know on whom we can because he is such an excellent, thoughtful, and moderate judge."

Sen. Leahy: Five Months And Counting – Leahy Statement On Filibuster Of Furman Nomination
(Democrat - Vermont) 02/16/12
"With this bipartisan support, the strong support of his home state Senators, and his impressive background, Mr. Furman’s nomination was reported by the Judiciary Committee on September 15, without opposition from a single member of the Committee. We should have voted on his nomination many months ago, and certainly before the end of the last session. Senate Republicans have blocked this nomination for over five months without any explanation. ... Last May, the Majority Leader was required to file for cloture to end the filibuster of Judge Jack McConnell of Rhode Island. By rejecting that filibuster, the Senate took a step toward restoring a longstanding tradition of deference to home state Senators with regard to Federal District Court nominations. The Senate turned away from a precipice. It is wrong now for us to approach that precipice again. Filibustering this nomination would set a new standard for obstruction of judicial nominations."

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - Vermont) 02/09/12
"There is no reason or explanation for why Senate Republicans continue to block a vote on the nomination of Jesse Furman to fill a vacancy on the Southern District of New York. His nomination was voted out of the Judiciary Committee on September 15, nearly five months ago, without opposition from a single member of the Committee and a month before the nomination being considered today. Mr. Furman, an experienced Federal prosecutor who served as Counselor to Attorney General Michael Mukasey for two years during the Bush administration, is a nominee with an impressive background and bipartisan support. We should have voted on his nomination many months ago, and certainly before the end of the last session. Senate Republicans have now skipped over that nomination and stalled it for almost five months."

Statement Of Senator Leahy On Judicial Nominations
(Democrat - Vermont) 02/07/12
"Every one of the 19 judicial nominations awaiting final Senate action has the support of his or her home state Senators, Republican as well as Democratic. There is no excuse for continued stalling of President Obama’s consensus judicial nominees. The courts and the country cannot afford another year of across-the-board delays of President Obama’s judicial nominations. I urge votes on Jesse Furman for the Southern District of New York, Cathy Bencivengo for the Southern District of California, Gina Groh for the Northern District of West Virginia, Margo Brodie for the Southern District of New York, Adalberto Jordan for the Eleventh Circuit, Beth Phillips for the Western District of Missouri, Thomas Rice for the Eastern District of Washington, David Nuffer for the District of Utah, Stephanie Thacker for the Fourth Circuit, Michael Fitzgerald for the Central District of California, Ronnie Abrams for the Southern District of New York, Rudolph Contreras for the District of Washington DC, Susie Morgan for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jacqueline Nguyen for the Ninth Circuit, Gregg Costa for the Southern District of Texas, David Guaderrama for the Western District of Texas, and Brian Wimes for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri."