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  •  Sen. Leahy's comments on partisan obstruction (5+ / 0-)

    are here:

    http://www.leahy.senate.gov/...

    Today the Majority Leader was required to take the extraordinary step of asking for unanimous consent to secure Senate confirmation votes for 17 district court nominations.  Before the American people elected Barack Obama as our President, district court nominees were generally confirmed within a couple of weeks of being reported by the Judiciary Committee.

    This was true of those nominated by Republican Presidents and Democratic Presidents.  Deference was traditionally afforded to home state Senators and district court nominees supported by home state Senators were almost always confirmed unanimously.

    However, Senate Republicans have raised the level of partisanship so that these Federal trial court nominees have now become wrapped around the axle of partisanship.  Despite a vacancy crisis that threatens the ability of Federal courts to provide justice for the American people, Senate Republicans now refuse to allow a vote on any of the 17 pending district court nominees, including 12 that have been declared judicial emergency vacancies.

    The Senate is broken. Mitch McConnell has no one but himself to blame for it.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:27:57 PM PDT

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