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Sen. Flake Floor Statement for Arizona district court nominees
(Republican - Arizona) 05/14/14
"I thank the senior Senator from Arizona Mr. McCain for the work he has done to bring this panel forward with six judges to be confirmed this week. That is a big deal, a big deal for any State, and for a State such as Arizona that has had such a shortage for so long, this is particularly important.... what a thrill it was to be on the Judiciary Committee and have all six of these prospective judges come with their families and talk about their experience and how it would relate to their new role if they were to be confirmed. It was great to be there to see Diane Humetewa and family and note that on the reservation there were many other family members watching that hearing being streamed and being proud that the first female Native American would be on the Federal bench. ... It was a pleasure working with Senator McCain and with the White House and the President in bringing these nominations forward. I urge my colleagues to vote both for cloture and for final confirmation of these three judges today and hopefully the other three tomorrow or later. I appreciate the President making these nominations. Arizona has waited a long time to fill these judgeships and we are pleased to do so this week."

Sen. McCain Floor Statement on Historic Vote on Diane Humetewa district court nomination
(Republican - Arizona) 05/14/14
"I would like to mention to my colleagues that with this vote we will be making history in some respects. We should all be proud that this nominee, Diane Humetewa of the Hopi Tribe, will be the first Native-American woman to be on the Federal bench. I would appreciate a positive vote. It is a proud moment for her, her tribe, and for Native Americans."

Sen. Grassley Statement at Hearing for Georgia Judicial Nominees
(Republican - Iowa) 05/13/14
"As Senators, nearly every nominee who comes through our committee has taken some position that we may disagree with. That is why home state support is so important. And as I’ve said, all these nominees have the support of both the President and their home state Senators. I’ve given great deference to the home state senators’ support when reaching decisions on whether to support nominees. I believe home state support is important to the process, the Senate, and the Judiciary. In fact, very soon the full Senate will consider 6 district court nominees from Arizona. Even though I have some concerns about several of these nominees, I plan to support them, in part out of deference to the home state senators who recommended them."

Sen. Isakson introduces seven home-state nominees for circuit and district court at their Judiciary Committee hearing
(Republican - Georgia) 05/13/14
"I associate myself with all of the remarks made by Sen. Chambliss. We are presenting to you today seven very qualified lawyers to be on the bench of the circuit court and the district court of our state of Georgia.... without reservation or qualification all seven of these individuals meet every one of those tasks.... We would appreciate you looking favorably upon their confirmation."

Sen. Chambliss introduces seven home-state district and circuit court nominees at their Judiciary Committee hearing
(Republican - Georgia) 05/13/14
"Each and every one of these individuals would be an asset to the federal bench no matter where they sat, but given the growing caseloads for judges on the Eleventh Circuit and on the Northern and Middle Districts, their confirmations are particularly important."

Sen. Paul NY Times Op-Ed: Show Us the Drone Memos
(Republican - Kentucky) 05/11/14

Sen. Ron Johnson Floor Statement for James Peterson district court nomination
(Republican - Wisconsin) 05/08/14
"I am pleased to recommend to the Senate James D. Peterson to be the U.S. district judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.... Jim has my full support, and I am happy to recommend him to the Senate for swift confirmation. I would like to conclude by thanking my colleague Senator Baldwin for the bipartisan process that resulted in the selection of this well-qualified jurist who will serve Wisconsin's Western District well. The Western District is currently facing a judicial emergency. U.S. district judge Barbara Crabb has continued to serve on the bench despite retiring 4 years ago, and I sincerely appreciate her dedication in the State of Wisconsin during this vacancy."

Wisconsin Senators Applaud Confirmation of Judge Peterson
(Republican - Wisconsin) 05/08/14
Sen. Ron Johnson said, “I appreciate all the hard work of those serving on our federal nominating commission, and I thank my colleague, Sen. Baldwin, for working with me on creating a successful bipartisan process. The result is the selection of a well-qualified jurist, James D. Peterson, who will serve the nation and the people of Wisconsin’s western district well.”

Sen. Grassley on Arizona and Georgia judicial nominees
(Republican - Iowa) 05/08/14
Asked by the Daily Report if Republican committee members had plans to defend Boggs, a spokeswoman for ranking minority member Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, referred the newspaper to Grassley's statement regarding a similar slate of federal judicial nominees from Arizona, whose confirmation hearings were in January. The committee forwarded the nominees to the full Senate by a voice vote. At the hearing, Grassley said the Arizona nominees represented "extensive negotiations and an eventual agreement between the home state senators and the White House." That agreement, he said, included "the understanding that all six nominees would move through the process together." Grassley praised the deal as "the type of collaborative process that is good for the judiciary and good for the Senate as an institution" that should be given "a great deal of deference."

Sen. Coats Statement on Indiana District Court Vacancy
(Republican - Indiana) 05/07/14
Coats indicated a willingness to be a part of the nomination process, noting he takes seriously his responsibility to provide advice and consent to the president on judicial nominees. He echoed Donnelly on the qualifications the individual must have to gain his approval. “Qualified candidates must have a profound respect for the law, unquestionable character and a reputation built on fairness and integrity,” Coats said.

Sen. Moran: Senate Confirms Nancy Moritz for the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
(Republican - Kansas) 05/05/14
“Justice Moritz joins the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court well prepared as the result of a distinguished legal career both in private and public practice, with 10 years of experience as a judge, including more than three as a justice on the Kansas Supreme Court,” Sen. Moran said. “In addition to her legal experience, Nancy was raised in the close-knit Kansas town of Tipton. I know the people of Tipton well, and I am confident Nancy’s service on the Tenth Circuit will be guided by the values we hold in Kansas, including empathy for others and respect for the rule of law.”

Sen. Grassley Floor Statement on Judicial Vacancies, Nominations & Confirmations
(Republican - Iowa) 05/05/14
"[T]he reason the vacancy rate is marginally higher than during President Bush's term is because President Obama has simply had more vacancies and more work to do in filling these vacancies during his Presidency. There have been more judges retiring now than during the last administration, which obviously creates more vacancies."

Senator Johnson Statement on Nomination of Pamela Pepper
(Republican - Wisconsin) 05/02/14
“I sincerely appreciate all the hard work of those serving on our federal nominating commission. I am pleased the bipartisan process resulted in the selection of another well qualified jurist that will serve the nation and the people of Wisconsin’s Eastern District well. I am happy to recommend Judge Pamela Pepper to the Senate for swift confirmation.”

Sen. Moran Floor Statement in support of 10th Circuit Nomination of Nancy Moritz
(Republican - Kansas) 05/01/14
"I speak in support of Justice Nancy Moritz. She is currently a supreme court justice on the Kansas Supreme Court , and she is before us today as a nominee to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. I appreciate working with my colleague Senator Roberts and those in the White House as we came together to try to find an acceptable and honorable nominee, and I believe we did.... as someone who is highly qualified, greatly prepared, and who has the necessary background. ... Ed Larson was a law partner of mine ... Of all the people I have met in life, and certainly many of the attorneys I have met in life and the judges, if you were looking for someone whose opinion and judgment you would trust, Judge Ed Larson is certainly that person. He has made clear to me that Justice Moritz was one of the very best law clerks he ever had, and he believes her to be highly qualified. With his recommendation, my judgment about Justice Moritz was even more increased and enhanced....suggests we have a great person to join the tenth circuit."

Sen. Collins Floor Statement Supporting Jon Levy District Court Nomination
(Republican - Maine) 04/30/14
"This combination of experiences that Justice Levy brings to the court--his experience as a private attorney I think is so important; his experience as a State judge is so critical, as is his experience in family law, in pro bono representation--makes him a well-rounded individual to serve on our courts.... I believe he will serve the people of Maine and the Nation with distinction, intelligence, and integrity. So I urge my colleagues to support this nomination when we vote later today."

Sen. Kirk Floor Statement in Support of Manish Shah District Court Nomination
(Republican - Illinois) 04/30/14
"I am proud to have put forward Mr. Shah to be a Federal district court judge for Northern Illinois. I thank President Obama for nominating him. I thank the Senate for voting to confirm Manish Shah.... I am sure Mr. Shah will have a long and stellar career on the Federal bench in the Northern District of Illinois. I am certain Mr. Shah will be a top-rate judge."

Sen. Moran: Senate Confirms Daniel Crabtree for United States District Court for the District of Kansas
(Republican - Kansas) 04/30/14
"Providing advice and consent of Presidential nominees is one of the most important roles of the United States Senate and a responsibility I take seriously,” Sen. Moran said. “Mr. Crabtree’s integrity and extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts made for a smooth confirmation process and give me great confidence he will serve as an outstanding federal judge."

Sen. Hatch Floor Speech "Highlights Repeated Abuses of Executive Authority by the Obama Administration"
(Republican - Utah) 04/30/14
"After the D.C. Circuit rightfully invalidated several key Administration actions as outside the bounds of federal law, the President sought to pack that court with compliant judges in order to obtain more favorable decisions."

Collins, King Hail Confirmation of Justice Levy to U.S. District Court
(Republican - Maine) 04/30/14
“Justice Levy has had a long career as an attorney and a judge in Maine, and his experience makes him well qualified for Maine’s federal district court,” said Senator Collins. “Justice Levy’s contributions to the Maine legal community and the juvenile justice system will give him a valuable perspective as a federal judge, and his extensive experience in private practice and on the bench makes him well qualified to serve on the federal district court in Maine.”

Sen. Ayotte: Supreme Court Decision Will Help Protect New Hampshire's Air Quality
(Republican - New Hampshire) 04/29/14
"Air pollution doesn't stop at state borders, and New Hampshire shouldn't be the tailpipe for pollutants from out-of-state power plants. Without this rule in place, New Hampshire would be unable to achieve national clean air standards because of air pollution that is outside of the state's regulatory control," said Senator Ayotte. "It's a matter of common sense to ensure that one state's emissions aren't unduly harming another state's air quality, and I'm pleased that the rule will move forward."

Sen. Moran Floor Statement on Daniel Crabtree District Court Nomination
(Republican - Kansas) 04/29/14
"He was reported out of the Judiciary Committee without opposition and is rated unanimously ``well qualified'' by the American Bar Association, which, in part, confirms my view that he would make an outstanding Federal judge. I actually have known this individual for more than 30 years .... He is worthy of our support today, but he is also someone who has my respect and admiration.... In fact, I can think of few others whom I have met in my time as a Senator but also my time as a practicing attorney in Kansas City who would fulfill the solemn duties of this position better than Dan Crabtree. I thank the President for nominating Dan Crabtree, and I ask my colleagues to join me in swiftly confirming him as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas."

Sens. Donnelly, Coats Announce Process to Fill Upcoming U.S. District Court Opening
(Republican - Indiana) 04/14/14
Donnelly said ... “I look forward to working with Senator Coats to review applications of qualified candidates to replace Judge Barker on the District Court."

Sens. Donnelly, Coats Announce Process to Fill Upcoming U.S. District Court Opening
(Republican - Indiana) 04/14/14
Coats said, ... “Federal judges are appointed for life and play a crucial role in our judicial system. One of my Constitutionally defined duties as a Senator is to provide advice and consent to the President on federal judicial nominees, and I take this responsibility seriously.”

Sen. Hatch Op-Ed: Protect the Senate’s important 'advice and consent' role
(Republican - Utah) 04/11/14
"The filibuster allows a minority of senators to delay a confirmation vote by preventing an end to debate. The so-called “blue slip” process allows senators from the state in which a judicial nominee would serve to influence whether that nominee is considered by the Judiciary Committee."

Sen. Cornyn on Michelle Friedland and other Judicial Nominations
(Republican - Texas) 04/10/14
"The history of most nominations is there's been a lot of bipartisan cooperation to process non-controversial nominations," Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner after the floor fight. "This one, there is some controversy associated with it." ... "What happens is the majority leader wants to break the Senate rules, which they did by invoking the nuclear option, and then when we're trying to apply the rules allowing for 30 hours [debate] post-cloture, he somehow thinks that's an unreasonable position," Cornyn said. "So, I think there'd be a lot more bipartisan cooperation, so everybody could be accommodated, but for the extreme position taken on the nuclear option."

(Republican - Maine, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas, Wisconsin) 04/04/14
17 Republican U.S. Senators from 12 states support 24 pending district and appeals court nominees & re-nominees (originally nominated last year) who would fill vacancies in their states

Sen. Heller after Judiciary Committee vote for District of Nevada judicial nominee Richard Boulware
(Republican - Nevada) 04/03/14
Boulware’s sponsor is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and he also is being supported by Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller. Despite the opposition, “I’m still convinced (Boulware) is going to be a federal judge and I have no doubt he will be fine in the long run,” Heller said.