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Sen. Alexander Floor Statement against Filibuster & Merits of NLRB General Counsel nominee
(Republican - Tennessee) 10/28/13
"There are exceptions, of course, but as a general proposition, I believe a President should have an up-or-down vote on his nominee, so I intend to vote for cloture. But Mr. Griffin's nomination does not do enough for me to show the promise of moving the Board from advocacy toward umpire and, therefore, I do not intend to vote to confirm his nomination."

Sen. Sessions quoted on Chief Justice Roberts support for filling empty D.C. Circuit seats
(Republican - Alabama) 10/28/13
Jen Bendery: "Also an advocate of filling the court's empty slots: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. He backed the court keeping all 11 seats in an April 5 report issued by the Judicial Conference of the United States, which is headed by Roberts. Sessions, for one, hadn't heard about Roberts' support. "I want to see that quote. Where'd he say that?" Sessions asked, jumping out of an elevator he'd just hopped into. When HuffPost cited the April 5 report, Sessions grumbled about Roberts not being a real Republican. "He's always advocating the court. He wants pay raises for staff," he said. "Otherwise, he's supposed to be conservative.""

Sen. Grassley quoted by CQ on possible Floor vote on D.C. Circuit nominee
(Republican - Iowa) 10/25/13
“Instead of working on important issues like the budget, the farm and food bill, an energy bill and FISA Court reform it appears the majority leader is going to bring up a judicial nominee for a court that has one of the lowest caseloads in the country,” Grassley said Friday. “With the many fiscal and security issues going on, let alone a disastrous start to the president’s signature health care law, it’s an abdication of leadership to be wasting the Senate’s time on an unnecessary and controversial matter rather than facing the crises that confront the country,” Grassley added.

Sen. Cornyn opinion piece on "A time for Republican unity"
(Republican - Texas) 10/23/13
“GOP lawmakers …“We’re united in our desire …. To appoint constitutionalist judges who will faithfully uphold our founding document. ... Finally, Republicans should remain united in blocking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attempt to pack the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is America’s second-most-influential judicial body. Senator Reid has made no secret of his intent: Over the summer, he told Nevada Public Radio that Democrats were hoping to “switch the majority” on the D.C. Circuit to make it a rubberstamp for big-government liberalism. Republicans have objected to this power grab, and we should continue to do so. Based on its caseload, the D.C. Circuit simply does not need more judges at the present time. Meanwhile, there are plenty of appellate courts that are overburdened and do need more judges. Our priority should be to fill those vacancies, not to let Harry Reid stack a single court.”

Sen. Hatch Introduces Judge Carolyn McHugh at Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing; Utah Court of Appeals Judge Nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
(Republican - Utah) 09/25/13
"I have been doing this a long time, and have participated in the nomination or confirmation of more than half of the judges who have ever served on the Tenth Circuit. I know a first-rate nominee when I see one. Judge McHugh’s varied experience, her personal character and intelligence, and her work ethic make her one of the best."

Sens. Boozman & Pryor testify for federal district court nominee Judge James “Jay” Moody Jr.
(Republican - Arkansas) 09/25/13
Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., testified before the panel on his behalf, saying they expect him to do an outstanding job if confirmed. “We all know that it takes a qualified individual to do this job. They must have the proper judicial temperament and the ability to be fair and impartial. I’m here today to tell you — Jay meets and exceeds all of those criteria,” Pryor said. “He has extensive experience and an impressive background,” said Boozman.

SC Senators on nomination of state Circuit Judge Alison Renee Lee to the US District Court for South Carolina
(Republican - South Carolina) 09/25/13
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said this week that Lee’s nomination to serve as a Columbia, S.C.-based U.S. District Court judge has provoked “concerns” among some South Carolina residents. Graham is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has not yet scheduled a confirmation hearing for Lee. “I’ve had a lot of concerns expressed about her,” Graham said in an interview Tuesday, “and I’ve been having a lot of meetings scheduled (about her) in the state.” On Wednesday, Graham’s colleague, Republican Sen. Tim Scott, voiced similar sentiments. “Senator Scott has significant concerns about the decisions Ms. Lee has made in her current role,” Greg Blair, Scott’s press secretary, said in an email response to questions. “The senator was able to hold an initial meeting with her following her nomination and will continue to evaluate all the available information about her candidacy.”

Sen. Johanns Statement on U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon’s Retirement
(Republican - Nebraska) 09/23/13
“I thank Judge Bataillon for his service to our state and lifelong commitment to the legal system,” Johanns said. “I’ve known Judge Bataillon for more than 40 years and wish him all the best when the time comes for him to transition into this new chapter in his life.” “Additionally, I look forward to working with Sen. Fischer on recommendations to President Obama as he looks to fill this important position for our state.”

Sen. Fischer on U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon announced retirement
(Republican - Nebraska) 09/23/13
“As he transitions into his new role on the court when he takes senior status next year, I look forward to working with Sen. Johanns to recommend a qualified replacement to the president,” Fischer said.

Sens. Kirk, Durbin: White House Nominates Manish Shah to Fill Federal Judgeship for Northern District of Illinois
(Republican - Illinois) 09/19/13
“Manish Shah's stellar record in working with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald makes him an outstanding candidate to be the next federal district court judge for Northern Illinois,” Senator Kirk said. “He’s the most experienced prosecutor we have, and I will continue to work with Senator Durbin to make sure we have highly-skilled candidates like Shah to help strengthen our courts and clean up Illinois.”

Sen. Hatch quoted on D.C. Circuit nominees in article about Committee vote on Pillard nomination
(Republican - Utah) 09/19/13
"I'm not really voting against the nominees," explains Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. "I'm voting against packing the court."

Sen. Rubio will finally allow Judge Brian Davis U.S. district court nomination to go forward
(Republican - Florida) 09/19/13
"After thoroughly reviewing the objections to Judge Davis by Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Rubio has determined that Davis has adequately addressed these concerns, particularly in a letter sent to him on Friday," [Sen. Rubio spokeswoman Brooke] Sammon said. "He will return the blue slip for Davis, allowing the nomination to move forward."

Sen. Rubio finally cites basis for denying Judge William Thomas a hearing on his U.S. district court nomination that Sen. Rubio initially supported
(Republican - Florida) 09/19/13
"The nomination of Judge Thomas has also been thoroughly reviewed, and Senator Rubio has determined that Thomas’s record on the state court raises serious concerns about his fitness for a lifetime federal appointment," [Sen. Rubio] spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said. "Those concerns include questions about his judicial temperament and his willingness to impose appropriate criminal sentences, particularly in the two high-profile cases of Michele Traverso and Joel Lebron earlier this year. After reviewing Thomas’s record, Senator Rubio cannot support moving forward with the nomination at this time."

(Republican - Arizona) 09/19/13
[O]n the President’s nomination today of four Arizonans – Magistrate Judge Steven Paul Logan of Phoenix, Ms. Diane Joyce Humetewa of Phoenix, Mr. John Joseph Tuchi of Phoenix, and Judge Douglas Rayes of Scottsdale – to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. These nominees join Rosemary Marquez of Tucson for Senate consideration. The six current vacancies in the Arizona District Court account for nearly 9 percent of the nation’s vacant district court judgeships. “The nominees to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona have demonstrated devotion to public service and commitment to justice, and I believe they are uniquely qualified to address the legal issues facing our state. The recent judicial vacancies in Arizona have created an unsustainable situation for the Court and are a serious impediment to the administration of justice for the people of Arizona. The need to fill these vacancies is critical as the District of Arizona ranks as one of the top ten busiest district courts in the country. I urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider these five very capable nominees as soon as possible and allow the full Senate to swiftly confirm them as the district court judges for the District of Arizona.”

Sen. Coburn quote in article about D.C. Circuit nominees
(Republican - Oklahoma) 09/19/13
Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma also says it comes down to a cost-benefit analysis. "We have a lot of circuits that have a whole lot of stuff to do that don't have the capability, and we got the D.C. Circuit that doesn't have enough to do, and we ought to put money where we need judges," he says.

Senators Collins, King Statement on Nomination of Jon Levy to U.S. District Court for Maine
(Independent, Republican - Maine) 09/19/13
“During his long and distinguished career as both an attorney and a judge, Jon has had a significant impact on the Maine judicial system by virtue of his intelligence and tireless service to the court,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Jon’s qualifications and contributions to the Maine legal community make him an ideal candidate for this judgeship. Jon’s nomination deserves bipartisan support, and we look forward to introducing him to our colleagues in the Senate as soon as possible.”

Sen. Ayotte Statement on Judiciary Committee Voice Vote for Landya McCafferty District Court Nomination
(Republican - New Hampshire) 09/19/13
“Judge McCafferty is well-respected in New Hampshire and well-qualified to serve on the federal bench. I’m pleased that the Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advance her nomination, and I look forward to voting for her confirmation when it reaches the full Senate,” said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, in a statement. “I hope Senate leadership will move quickly to bring Judge McCafferty’s nomination to a final vote.”

Sen. Sessions quoted on D.C. Circuit nominees at Commitee vote on Pillard nomination
(Republican - Alabama) 09/19/13
As Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama puts it: "We do not need all three circuit judges. I'm not sure we need any."

Sen. Boozman testimony supporting nomination of Timothy L. Brooks for U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
(Republican - Arkansas) 09/11/13
Senator Boozman showed his support for Timothy L. Brooks, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.[Video Link]

Sen. Grassley Statement on Valerie Caproni district court nomination and pace of judicial confirmations
(Republican - Iowa) 09/09/13
"At the time we reported her nomination out of Committee, I stated that while I would not hold her nomination in Committee, I reserved my right to do so on the Senate floor. So now, even though I have consented to the vote going forward, I will not support the nomination."

Sen. Rubio spokeswoman on Rubio blocking hearing for judicial nominee he initially supported
(Republican - Florida) 09/04/13
"Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have had objections to Judge Davis, and those should be taken seriously and reviewed thoroughly before moving forward," said Brooke Sammon, a Rubio spokeswoman, in a statement this week.

Sen. Toomey on 60 vote thresholds
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 08/20/13
"On our side, we've been guilty of establishing a 60-vote threshold more often than we should," Toomey said. "On the other side, I'm certain that [Majority Leader Harry Reid] has blocked our ability to offer amendments much more often than he should." Though Toomey said he was still working through his thoughts on the issue, he said Republicans should be more willing to let debate begin without requiring 60 votes, but that final passage of major legislation should still require a so-called supermajority, with more consideration of amendments offered by the minority party. "Big, important things ought to require a broader consensus," Toomey said.”

[Sen.] Heller: Yucca Mountain Should Be “Taken off the Table” Responds to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Yucca Mountain
(Republican - Nevada) 08/13/13
“The designation of Nevada as the nation’s nuclear waste dump was wrong in 1987 and is still wrong today. Today’s decision serves as yet another example of why Yucca Mountain needs to be taken off the table once and for all. This ruling is an exercise in futility that will ultimately waste resources that could be better used elsewhere. Instead of continuing to try to force Yucca Mountain on the people of Nevada, my colleagues should focus on moving forward towards a new process that will allow for consent-based siting,"

ID Senators on Owens Nomination
(Republican - Idaho) 08/05/13
Idaho's Republican senators, James E. Risch and Michael D. Crapo, claim Trott's seat for their state. "We find the [Owens] nomination unacceptable. The dispute is not resolved. These issues are still ongoing," said Crapo spokesman Lindsay Northern on Friday. He said Crapo had met with Obama administration lawyers earlier to try to break the impasse. "Then they went ahead and put up someone from a different state," Northern said. Risch said in an emailed statement, "This has been a serious issue over a number of years and this appointment does not resolve that issue. We will have more to say about this in the future."

Sen. Toomey: Casey, Toomey Applaud Nomination of McHugh, Smith to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District
(Republican - Pennsylvania) 08/02/13
"I am happy that the President nominated Gerald McHugh and Judge Edward Smith to be district court judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania," said Sen. Toomey. "The selection of two well-qualified candidates demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of the Sen. Casey's and my bipartisan system for selecting judges." "Gerald McHugh has a wealth of legal experience gained from more than three decades in private practice. I am confident he will excel as a federal judge - presiding with thoughtfulness and integrity. I look forward to him joining our other talented federal jurists in Philadelphia." "In his 11 years on the bench in Northampton County, Judge Edward Smith has presided over numerous civil and criminal cases. He is also a 27-year veteran of the United States Navy and serves as a military trial judge, presiding over military proceedings at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. Judge Smith will sit in the Easton courthouse, which has lacked a sitting federal judge since 2004, thus ensuring that the people of the northern Lehigh Valley will once again have close, ready access to the federal judiciary. He is a dedicated, intelligent jurist and I am confident he will live up to the very highest standards." "Sen. Casey and I have worked together in a bipartisan fashion to confirm eight highly qualified men and women to district courts in Pennsylvania since I joined the Senate in 2011. I am confident that these nominees will live up to these ideals and hope that the Senate confirms them in a timely manner."

Sen. Moran Signals Support for Kansan Judicial Nominees: After many months of serious negotiations with the White House, I am pleased we were able to come to an agreement. The President has sent the Senate two highly qualified candidates
(Republican - Kansas) 08/01/13
Daniel D. Crabtree of Kansas City, Kan., has been nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, and Justice Nancy L. Moritz of Topeka, Kan., and the Kansas Supreme Court has been nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. "Providing advice and consent of Presidential nominees is one of the most important roles of the United States Senate and a responsibility that I take seriously," Sen. Moran said. "After many months of serious negotiations with the White House on the importance of filling these vacancies, I am pleased we were able to come to an agreement. The President has sent the Senate two highly qualified candidates. Dan Crabtree is a one of Kansas’ most accomplished legal minds and has had a distinguished career in litigation. Nancy Moritz’ professional credentials and commitment to the Rule of Law are well documented. I intend to support confirmation for both Mr. Crabtree and Justice Moritz."

Sen. Collins on nominees to fill D.C. Circuit vacancies
(Republican - Maine) 08/01/13
Sahil Kapur: “I am a supporter of Senator Grassley’s bill to reallocate the judgeships,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told TPM. “But that obviously is not going to pass, so I will consider each of the judges on the basis of his or her merits.”

Wisconsin Senators Recommend Judicial Nominees to White House for Wisconsin's Western District Court
(Republican - Wisconsin) 08/01/13
“I really appreciate all the energy and time spent by the bipartisan Judicial Commission to help examine the numerous highly qualified candidates that applied to serve the state of Wisconsin as a Federal Judge. The hard work by the Commissioners and the State Bar will benefit the Western District for years to come,” Johnson said. “I also want to especially thank Senator Baldwin for working with me to set up the Commission and fill this important judicial vacancy in a balanced, bipartisan way. This is a win for the citizens of Wisconsin.”

Sen. Wicker: Debra Brown Judicial Nomination Advances: Cochran, Wicker Supported Judiciary Committee Approval of Nominee for U.S. District Court Seat
(Republican - Mississippi) 08/01/13
“The Judiciary Committee’s swift approval of Judge Brown is a testament to her character and high qualifications as a jurist,” Wicker said. “Her appointment to the federal bench is a historic moment, and I consider it a personal and high honor to assist in her confirmation.”