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Sen. Toomey: Senate Confirms Pair Of PA Eastern District Judicial Nominees
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 03/26/14
"Congratulations to Gerald McHugh and Judge Edward Smith," said Senator Toomey. "Gerald McHugh is a lifelong Philadelphia resident who has more than three decades of private practice experience. He is also a community leader -- heading up terrific projects like the Hospitality House and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. I am confident he will excel as a federal judge and look forward to him joining our other talented federal jurists in Philadelphia. "Judge Edward Smith is a dedicated, intelligent jurist who has served as a judge on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas for the past 12 years. Judge Smith has also served his country with distinction. He has been a member of the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years, earning a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. Judge Smith's wealth of legal experience -- drawn from decades in public service and 11 years in private practice -- will serve the people of Pennsylvania well. I am pleased he will be sitting in Easton, which has gone without a federal judge since 2004. "Senator Casey and I have worked hard to select qualified jurists to fill vacancies on the bench in Pennsylvania. The approval of these two excellent candidates demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of our bipartisan system, which has led to the confirmation of 10 highly qualified men and women to the federal bench in Pennsylvania since I joined the Senate in 2011."

Sen. Toomey Floor Statement for SMITH AND MCHUGH NOMINATIONS
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 03/24/14
"I wish to be very clear that I am very enthusiastically in support of both Judge Ed Smith and Mr. Gerald McHugh, the two nominees, both of whom are likely to get a vote this week. If confirmed, they will serve as U.S. district judges for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. I thank Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley for their work in ushering these candidates through the committee process. I thank Leader Reid and Leader McConnell for their role in ensuring these nominees would have a chance to have a vote on the Senate floor. Most of all, I thank my colleague Senator Casey. Senator Casey and I have been working hard to fill a number of vacancies on the Federal bench in Pennsylvania since I got to the Senate."

Sen. Cruz on Judge Gregg Costa 5th Circuit nomination
(Republican - Texas) 03/13/14
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz, said in an email that the senator “intends to support Judge Costa’s nomination.”

Georgia Senators on Middle District of Georgia Nominee Leslie Abrams
(Republican - Georgia) 03/12/14
A Chambliss aide said the White House didn't negotiate Abrams' nomination with Chambliss or Isakson, and neither senator had much to say about her when approached by The Huffington Post. "I don't know her. I don't know her at all," Chambliss said. "We will follow the normal course of our review of her." Isakson said he doesn't discuss judicial nominations, but said he'll put out a statement about Abrams at some point.

Sen. Heller: Richard Boulware Will Make an Excellent District Court Judge for the State of Nevada
(Republican - Nevada) 03/12/14
"I am honored to have the opportunity to address the Committee, once again, to express my support for my fellow Nevadan Richard Boulware to you this morning."

Sens. Casey & Toomey Introduce Third Circuit Nominee at Senate Judiciary Hearing
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 03/12/14
"I was honored to introduce Cheryl Krause during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting today," said Sen. Toomey. "Ms. Krause has amassed an impressive resume that includes both public service and private practice work. She has an unquestioned commitment to the law and I look forward to her joining our other talented federal jurists on the Third Circuit."

Sen. Hatch Floor Statement
(Republican - Utah) 03/11/14
"I express my strong support for the nomination of Carolyn B. McHugh to the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.... I do have to say that this nomination could have been confirmed months ago.... The possibility of a filibuster had two effects. First, it suggested to the President that he might want to send more moderate nominees to the Senate. Second, it prompted the minority to cooperate with the majority in confirming noncontroversial nominees. ...Part of the process we used to have would have been confirming additional nominations before adjourning the first session of the Congress. The nomination before us would have been confirmed that way months ago--as well as a whole raft of other judges that we are now voting on ad seriatim. Instead, we are forced to do things in this new way. ... I wrote a Law Review article a number of years ago that I did not believe we should filibuster judicial nominations at all. That is why I voted ``present'' on so many of the President's judges, but there is no reason for me to do that anymore because the Democrats have changed the rules. They have broken the rules to change the rules, and so I might as well vote no along with the rest of the Republicans on some of these nominees--just as an expression that we don't like the way the Democrats are handling this matter. I have been, in the last few days, changing from ``present'' to no or yes depending upon the person."

Sen. Lee Floor Statement For Judge Carolyn McHugh Tenth Circuit Nomination
(Republican - Utah) 03/10/14
"I am confident, based on the knowledge she has acquired, the skills she has developed and honed over the years, and the commitment to public service she has displayed up to this point in her career, Judge McHugh will, in fact, excel as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. I strongly urge my colleagues to support her confirmation."

KY Sens. no comment on Kentucky Supreme Court justice in line for Court of Appeals job
(Republican - Kentucky) 03/10/14
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson of Louisville is being vetted by the FBI for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 6th Circuit. Abramson, who has been on state high court since 2007, would be “a terrific appointment,” U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, said Monday. ... U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both had no comment, their spokesmen said. Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton said she knew about the potential appointment but couldn’t elaborate. She said she wasn’t surprised because Abramson is “incredibly capable.”

Pryor, Boozman Congratulate Timothy Brooks on Confirmation as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas
(Republican - Arkansas) 03/05/14
“Timothy Brooks has the experience, background and temperament to unanimously qualify him for the job. I am confident that he will do an excellent job in this role and make Arkansas proud of his service,” Boozman said. [Link to Video of Floor statement]

Sen. Boozman Floor Statement
(Republican - Arkansas) 03/05/14
"I share my support for the nominee on whom we are about to vote. Judge Timothy Brooks has the experience, background, and temperament to unanimously qualify him for the position of district judge. I am proud to stand before my colleagues and offer my support of his confirmation. I am pleased that we have been able to act on this vacancy and hope that Judge Brooks will be easily confirmed much like Judge Moody was for the Eastern District of Arkansas seat last week. Again, these are highly qualified nominees. Judge Moody is a great fit for the Eastern District. I am confident Judge Brooks will complement him well in the Western District. One of the most important aspects of what we do in the Senate is the confirmation of judges, the process of selecting people with the right temperament and qualifications. I believe both Judge Moody and Judge Brooks will make excellent Federal judges and will make Arkansas proud."

Sen. Heller tweet on Nevada U.S. district court nominee
(Republican - Nevada) 02/28/14
"Pleased 2 sign blue slip 4 Richard Boulware, nominee for District Judge, District of NV.Look forward to supporting him at nomination hearing"

STATEMENT BY SEN. McCAIN ON JUDICIAL NOMINEES
(Republican - Arizona) 02/27/14
“I am gratified by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s overwhelming support for the diverse and historic slate of nominees for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. With the Committee’s action today, Arizona is one big step closer to having the emergency vacancies on that court filled with well-qualified judges. These nominees are the product of cooperation, consensus and careful deliberation, supported by the views a non-partisan judiciary evaluation commission. I look forward to their timely consideration and confirmation by the full Senate.”

U.S. Sens. Pryor, Boozman Applaud Confirmation of Judge Jay Moody as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas
(Republican - Arkansas) 02/25/14
“Judge Moody’s legal career demonstrates his pursuit of justice. I believe his experience makes him a great fit for U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas and I am confident that he will continue to pursue the interest of the law during his service on the bench,” Boozman said.

Sen. Cornyn supports Judge Gregg Costa's Fifth Circuit nomination at Committee hearing
(Republican - Texas) 02/25/14
"Judge Costa, I'm happy to support your nomination," he said. "In a Washington environment where very often there is polarization and where the White House and Congress is at loggerheads, this is one area where we have been able to come together."

Sen. Hatch on cloture votes to end filibusters of judicial nominations
(Republican - Utah) 02/24/14
"They abused the rules, and our side is not happy about it," Hatch said after the first cloture vote. Hatch said he expects the pattern of cloture before confirmation will follow on future judicial nominations, regardless of an actual filibuster threat. "I think things are going to get even worse," Hatch said.

Sen. Alexander: better for country to confirm judicial nominations as they come up; "they’re piling up. It concerns me,”
(Republican - Tennessee) 02/18/14
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, one of the leading GOP voices in the world of rules and precedents, said he would prefer that Reid just go ahead and get the procedural gears in motion. “I think it would be better for the Senate and the country if he would go ahead and confirm the nominations as they come up,” Alexander said, noting that new debate limits on lower-level positions established at the start of the current Congress mean more nominations can be moved in the course of a few days.... Alexander said he doesn’t think the events of last November should totally put the brakes on the confirmation process. “I mean, they’re piling up. It concerns me,” Alexander said of pending nominations. “We could work Mondays; we could work Fridays.” ... “I think the whole event in November was a manufactured crisis just to get three circuit judges, but there’s no need to perpetuate that,” Alexander said. “The ball’s in [Reid's] court. He can bring … any other district judge up, file cloture, wait one day and he can bring 10 up at a time if he wants to.”

Sen. Ron Johnson: Wisconsin Senators Recommend Judicial Nominees to White House for Wisconsin’s Eastern District Court
(Republican - Wisconsin) 02/14/14
“I appreciate all the hard work by the bipartisan Judicial Commission and State Bar to help examine the highly qualified candidates that applied to serve the state of Wisconsin as a Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “I especially want to thank Senator Baldwin for working with me in a cooperative, bipartisan fashion. We have now successfully worked together to fill two important judicial vacancies for the citizens of Wisconsin.”

Sen. Risch: Crapo, Risch Introduce Legislation to Provide Idaho a Third District Judge: State's population has grown and the caseload doubled since the last district judge was added sixty years ago
(Republican - Idaho) 02/13/14
“It is past time for the District of Idaho to have a third judgeship,” said Risch. “It is unfair that Idaho is at such a great disadvantage compared to other states of our size. A third judgeship would help in the administration of efficient and effective justice in our state.”

Sens. Crapo, Risch Introduce Legislation To Provide Idaho A Third District Judge: State’s population has grown and the caseload doubled since the last district judge was added sixty years ago
(Republican - Idaho) 02/13/14
“The need for an additional judge in Idaho has been widely recognized for years,” said Crapo. “The District of Idaho has been working to meet the needs of the district while facing growing personnel and financial challenges. Advancing this productivity by adding an additional judgeship to the court would help ensure effective access to justice for Idaho’s increasing population.”

Sen. Grassley Floor objection to Sen. Pryor request to vote on Arkansas judicial nominations
(Republican - Iowa) 02/12/14
"Three Democrats voted against it. I have to give credit to the Senator from Arkansas who has made this unanimous consent to be one of those who thought the minority should not be cut out of the process."

Sen. Scott testifies for Bruce Howe Hendricks' district court nomination
(Republican - South Carolina) 02/11/14
Sen. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, called Hendricks "bright as the dickens." "Her trial experience, knowledge of the courtroom and the law and her devotion to improving our communities leads me to believe she will be fair and devoted to justice," Scott said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham testifies for Bruce Howe Hendricks' district court nomination
(Republican - South Carolina) 02/11/14
"She is highly respected by the bar and very much supported by Republicans and Democrats in South Carolina and will make an outstanding district court judge for our state," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, said during the hearing.

Casey, Toomey Applaud Nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 02/05/14
"I am pleased that President Obama has nominated Cheryl Ann Krause to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals," said Sen. Toomey. "In addition to her unquestioned commitment to the law, Ms. Krause has a wealth of legal experience in public service and working in private practice. I am confident she will excel as a federal appellate judge and I look forward to her joining our other talented federal jurists on the Third Circuit."

Sen. Rubio on Four Nominations to Florida U.S. District Courts
(Republican - Florida) 02/05/14
"I welcome today's four nominations to the district courts in Florida. As I previously indicated to the President, I do not anticipate having an objection to moving forward on any of these nominations pending the outcome of the customary background check conducted on every nominee," Rubio stated. "I am disappointed, however that given the opportunity to fill four vacancies on the court, the White House has declined to nominate any of the Republican finalists jointly suggested by Senator Nelson and myself."

Sen. Rubio OK's hearing for home-state 11th Circuit nominee Judge Robin Rosenbaum
(Republican - Florida) 01/31/14
Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for the Judiciary Committee, said Friday that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., filed a blue slip that allows Rosenbaum's nomination to go forward. A slip is a parliamentary move required of a nominee's home state senators to allow committee consideration.

Delay Continues on U.S. Judges: Chambliss, Isakson fail to return 'blue slips' on six judicial nominees despite reported compromise last year
(Republican - Georgia) 01/28/14
On Tuesday, Isakson spokeswoman Lauren Culbertson said, "Senator Isakson believes that it is appropriate to allow the chairman and the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee to review the background investigation paperwork of the six nominees before he returns all six blue slips." Aides to Chambliss declined to comment Tuesday on the lack of action.