Skip to comments.Schumer On Judicial Appointees: We Will Change the Rules to ‘Fill up The DC Circuit’
Posted on 03/20/2013 2:43:15 PM PDT by neverdem
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats will fill up the DC circuit one way or another, even it means changing the rules in the Senate to get nominees confirmed.
At a Mar. 10 dinner event, the New York senator criticized the GOP for rejecting President Barack Obamas nomination for judge in the 10th circuit, which currently has four vacancies.
They just rejected on specious grounds a fine New Yorker named Caitlin Halligan for the second time," said Schumer. "Our strategy will be to nominate four more people for each of those vacancies [on the 10th Circuit Court]. And if they filibuster all of them, it will give those of us that want to change the rules and not allow 60 votes to dominate the Senate but require a talking-filibuster to prevail. So we will fill up the DC circuit one way or another.
Earlier this month, Presidents Obamas nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit failed to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome opposition and get a vote.
In January of this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made a move to do away with the requirement of 60 votes to overcome minority opposition and force a talking-filibuster. The move would have required senators to hold the floor and debate in order to prevent votes on matters they oppose. However, the manuever to force a talking-filibuster was removed in the filibuster reform deal between crafted by Reid and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Schumer told the audience at the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats dinner why he felt the need to have Halligan seated as a judge: We have a federal court system and the second most important court in that system is the D.C. Court of Appeals because it controls all kinds of government decisions.
There are now four vacancies on the court and its dominated by the hard right," he said. "Heres what they have done in the last year: they have overturned the EPAs ability to regulate existing coal plants which send their pollution here and kill the Adirondack mountains. They have rendered the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) impotent by saying that the SEC cant pass rulings unless they do what is called a cost-benefit analysis, which ties any rulings to go after our financial institutions in knots.
And third, they have ruled that recess appointments couldnt be taken into account," said Schumer. "Why did they do that? They did that because the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) which has finally begun to swing the pendulum a little bit back so that workers and unions could actually organize people as opposed to the rulings under the Bush administration --which for eight years -- but now they are going to render those decisions moot. So we have to fill the 10th DC circuit.
The D.C. Circuit is not the “Tenth Circuit.” The Tenth Circuit covers Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.
Go ahead. Pack the courts with leftists. They can’t protect all of them.
The last thing I want to do is watch Chuck U. BTW, if I win Lotto/Powerball tonight I am out of NY so fast....
To rescue what little remains of our Constitution.
If Chucky wasn’t such an idiot and liar he’d be dangerous.
Don’t you just love career politicians, telling those who elected them what do do...
trust me you will love it once you get out of the north east.
Got my wife out and moved here south and she said it was the best move she ever did.
Trying to raise a famliy up there is near impossible , socialism and liberalism all over the local networks, radio, news, papers, talk shows, go to work , where ever and it;s all loons or low info voters.
Hell MA has a school district doing a play with Adam and Steven not Adam and eve.
then there was the father arrested who wanted to kno what his kid was being taught and why this turd poking agenda
Then today we heard about a school which does not want honor students being honored as it would make the other kids feel bad
then another place where they took tax money and gave to to the homosexual domestic violence group
That is in MA nad it just goes on and on with insane agendas.
Hell here we can shoot in our back yard
we can have fires in our back yard as big as you want.
we don;t get our cars inspected
we don;t have emissions checks on our cars here
we have stand your ground,
All which is different to the north east and why I got my wife out of there,
The north east is a different country, anything north of the Potomac is like being in another country.
good luck escaping
Thanks, we have a place just south of here in PA, and it is like Night and Day! Fracking and business...it isn’t perfect but it is better than this...
A world with “Adam and Steve” would have scientifically (their preferred screeching cry) speaking, lasted how many generations? One you say?
Schmukky Chucky Chumer,
What can you expect from a meshugana retard like this?
this guy Schumer....is such a...a...a democRAT.
I have turned the word democRAT into a pejorative. Now when I want to islut someone I say to them...you’re such a democRAT.
OK pubbies, grow a spine and some testicles. Remember Miguel Estrada, Priscilla Owen, Charles W. Pickering, Carolyn Kuhl, David W. McKeague, Henry Saad, Richard Allen Griffin, William H. Pryor, William Gerry Myers III and Janice Rogers Brown.
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If the “Rule Change” is a talking filibuster, rather than threatened filibuster being able to prevent up or down votes, whats the downside? this will hurt the dem’s when they inevitably fall below 50 Senators. Not sure they have the brass to do this, or they would have rammed it through the first day of the new Session.
Thanks for the ping!
WHen did Chuck Schumer become President?
Has anybody asked Schumer why Estrada, and countless of other picks by George W. Bush, weren’t allowed an up or down vote?
That assumes there's someone in the BS media who would ask the question, let alone make sure that Schumer's answer, or lack of it, was reported. I don't expect Schumer to get anywhere near Major Garrett or Jake Tapper.