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  •  Landrieu's Statement (none)
    Statement:
    "Because we have such a full plate of pressing issues before Congress, a filibuster at this time would be, in my view, very counterproductive. It is imperative that we remain focused on creating the tools New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast will need to rebuild. This includes passing the Baker bill and allowing our state to keep its fair share of offshore energy revenues. We simply cannot afford to bring the Senate to a halt at a time when we need its action the most. If called to vote for cloture on Judge Alito's nomination, I will vote yes."
    "I will continue to consult with constituents, groups, organizations and colleagues to decide on my final vote. I do think it is important that we have an up or down vote."

    From democrats.org:
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    "You see, the lifetime appointment of a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE is no big whoop to Sen. Landrieu. It is one thing to be against a filibuster, but to pretend the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is no big deal is offensive. I don't know what Senator Landrieu believes she is accomplishing with this idiotic and downright offensive press release, but it tells me that she really is not up to the job of United States Senator if she can not understand how important this is. No one has made me angrier in this process. Not even Specter."

    "Thinking on it, I have a suggestion for Senator Landrieu - why not put off consideration of the Alito nomination until AFTER we deal with all those important issues she has outlined. I mean, since the Supreme Court is not important according to her, surely Alito's nomination can wait a few months before we address it. Why doesn't Senator Landrieu propose that?"
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    "My beloved child, break your heart no longer. Each time you judge yourself, you break your own heart." -- Swami Shri Kripalvanandji

    by oslo on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:02:55 AM PST

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    •  My Fax to Sen. Landrieu (4.00)
      I sent this fax to Sen. Landrieu's office, touching on some issues that should be dear to her heart. I tried to make a connection between Alito's dangerous view supporting an all-powerful Executive (like Cheney's) and why that could / would be bad for citizens of Louisiana. My mailing address happens to be in New Orleans.

      If there are other Louisianians (or former Louisiana folks on here), you might try this same tactic.

      "Please vote against the nomination of Judge Alito for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In addition, I ask that you reconsider your position on a filibuster.

      The views of Judge Alito on giving further executive powers to the President are bad for Louisiana. If confirmed, he will strengthen the opinions of those on the Court who would strip Louisiana's citizens of their right to challenge the federal government or corporations who violate Louisiana law.

      I know that you are concerned that a filibuster would push action on behalf of Louisiana's recovery efforts further away. FEMA just sent an enormous and unwarranted bill to the State of Louisiana. It also has denied elected officials in Plaquemines Parish the ability to fully fund reconstruction of government offices and services. If push came to shove over the legitimacy and legality of these acts against Louisianians, rest assured that Judge Alito would support the power of a federal executive to deny our state what it fully deserves in terms of recovery assistance.

      Judge Alito is not good for Louisiana's recovery efforts and will side with the Feds if a dispute arrives as a case before his court.

      Once again, and with all due respect for your decision-making process, I ask that you vote against Judge Alito and against cloture.

      Thanks so much for all that you and your family do for the benefit of Louisiana."

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