|VOL. 5, NO. 3||Mar. 17, 2003|
"Terminal Silliness:" The Latest Numbers in the War over|
Federal Judicial Nominations
By Virginia C. Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman, Eagle Forum's Court Watch
The Democrats' "filibuster" of Miguel Estrada's nomination to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia continues in the U. S. Senate. These Senate gyrations bring to mind one of USSC Justice Antonin Scalia's phrases, "terminal silliness." But action to fill other federal court vacancies continues, as does Democrat obstructionism. The latest statistics compiled by the Judicial Selection Monitoring Project show the following:
Vacancies = 54
Bush Nominees, May 9, 2001-March 17, 2003
Judicial nominations confirmed = 110 District court confirmations = 92
Most Contested Nominations in 2003
(All of the following were included in President Bush's first group
of judicial nominees on May 9, 2001)
Deborah Cook and Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit: so far denied floor debate and a vote
YOU Can Help!!!
Regardless of where you live, phone the following Senators and urge them to support cloture, which requires 60 votes (all phone numbers have the "202" prefix): Bayh (IN) 224-5623; Graham (FL) 224-3041; Pryor (AK) 224-2353; Lincoln (AR) 224-4843; Hollings (SC) 224-6121; Byrd (WV) 224-3954; Landrieu (LA) 224-5824; Bingaman (NM) 224-5521
Gain important additional insight into the unprecedented use of the filibuster for appellate court nominees by reading Phyllis Schlafly's column, "Bring On A Real Filibuster," and Democrat Senator Zell Miller's article, "41 is Greater Than 59."