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Leahy Defends Handling of Judiciary Committee
Posted on 11/08/2002 10:25:25 PM PST by Gunder
Outgoing Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy defended his handling of the Committee this week in a statement.
"During these 15 months, we joined forces with the House Judiciary Committee to enact the first new charter for the Justice Department in two decades, and we launched the first comprehensive oversight of the FBI in just as long. We enacted new anti-terrorism laws, and I hope our close oversight of these laws, and of the FBI, will continue," said Leahy in a statement.
President Bush and the Republicans had been accusing Senate Democrats of unfairly blocking his judicial nominations for months, a factor that may have played at least some role in Democrats losing the Senate Tuesday night. Former Chairman Orrin Hatch (R) will reclaim his former position.
For his part though, Leahy continues to insist that Committee Democrats had outperformed Republicans when it came to approving nominees, and he also predicted that ideological battles over nominees would continue with the Senate under new management.
"We also restored steadiness to the judicial nominations process and did more in 15 months than had been done in the previous 30 months. We voted on 100 judicial nominees and approved 98 of them. In the next session, I expect there will continue to be disagreements over nominees who are chosen primarily for their ideology and not for their independence," added Leahy.
TOPICS: Vermont; U.S. Senate
posted on 11/08/2002 10:25:26 PM PST
President Bush and the Republicans had been accusing Senate Democrats of unfairly blocking his judicial nominations for months, a factor that may have played at least some role in Democrats losing the Senate Tuesday night. NO!
Apparently, the American people disagree with you, Senator Lie-hy.
Leahy, you're a liar.
You dishonoured decent, qualified judges, and now you're dishonoured. Get used to it.
You're out, you foolish old disgrace.
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We voted on 100 judicial nominees and approved 98 of them.
Now I am really scared of the other 98. So, it seems like only 2% of Bush's judicial appointments are conservative.
posted on 11/09/2002 2:28:21 PM PST
Outgoing Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy
O HOW SWEET THAT SOUNDS!!!
posted on 11/09/2002 6:07:45 PM PST
In Lie-hy's world, "independent" means kissing the backside of liberal Democratic dogma.
BTW, how many nominees did his Stasi committee _not_ vote on?
posted on 11/10/2002 2:09:19 AM PST
How many judges have Bush nominated so far? 150? 200? If 98 of them have been approved, then that is an overwhelming number of liberals, since they are the only ones who made it through the judiciary committee.
posted on 11/10/2002 7:03:17 AM PST
Door, A$$. A$$, meet Door. No hitting.
posted on 11/10/2002 5:18:13 PM PST
To: No dems 2002
How sweet it is, to see this jerk and that jerk schumer get their come-uppance. I hope thise boneheads and slimeballs NEVER get the gavel again!!
They indeed dishonored their office by abusin their power agains decent judges, all to advance the extremist leftwing agenda. Bad tactics for bad goals.
posted on 11/10/2002 8:36:38 PM PST
He forgot to add to the list his biggest accomplishment
"I cost my party control of the Senate."
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