Senate Judiciary Committee

PFAW Calls for GOP Senators to Show Responsibility, Confirm Stalled Judicial Nominees

  Republican Senators are looking to show that they have any interest in responsible governance before November’s election, this is the last week for them to show it.

Currently, 23 of President Obama’s judicial nominees are waiting for a vote by the full Senate.  Nineteen of those nominations have been pending for more than five months, some for nearly a year.  Eleven of those nominations are to fill vacancies designated “judicial emergencies.”

Judiciary Committee Approves Seven Nominees, Including Liu; All Have Been Waiting Months for Senate Votes

After months of delays, the Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nominations of seven federal court nominees, including Goodwin Liu for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

GOP Obstruction Against Judges Reaches New Low

Last night, the Senate GOP refused to confirm numerous judicial nominees who have been waiting months for up-or-down votes, including several who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

GOP Refuses to Vote on Jane Stranch Nomination, After Eight Months of Stalling

This afternoon, Sen. Patrick Leahy attempted to secure a floor vote on the nomination of Jane Branstetter Stranch of Tennessee to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the vote, claiming that the GOP needed more time to consider her nomination.

President Obama nominated Stranch on August 6, 2009, with the support of both her home state senators. The Judiciary Committee approved her nomination with bipartisan support in November. She has been waiting for a confirmation vote since.

Kagan Nomination Approved By Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan received the support of all the Democrats on the committee, but was opposed by all but one Republican member. Her nomination will now go to the Senate floor and is soon expected to receive a vote.

PFAW Memo: Evaluating the Kagan Hearings

Despite everyone's predication that Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings would be boring, she offered real substance for anyone willing to listen and real evidence that our debate around the Supreme Court is starting to change for the better.

Top Ten Highlights from the Kagan Hearings

Despite predictions to the contrary, the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan presented the best public discussion of judging, the courts, and the Constitution in decades. We've selected some of the most interesting moments from four days of hearings.

People For the American Way Endorses the Confirmation of Elena Kagan

Following her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, People For the American Way announced its support for the confirmation of Elena Kagan to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.

The Pressure Is Building - Confirm Dawn Johnsen Now

For months now, Senate Republicans have been blocking the confirmation of President Obama's nominees to key positions in the federal government. Dawn Johnsen, the President's eminently qualified nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department, has been waiting longer than almost anyone else-nearly eight months!

Kennedy Steps Down From Judiciary Committee

In response to Senator Kennedy's departure from the Senate Judiciary Committee, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement: "During his years on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Kennedy proved himself to be one of the Constitution's staunchest defenders. His passion for justice and his deep commitment to equality under the law have helped to better our nation in countless ways. Although we look forward to working with Chairman Leahy and the other members of the committee, we will miss Senator Kennedy’s presence immeasurably. He is irreplaceable."
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