Eat At Joes

Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Friday, April 29, 2005

Republicans Blocked Clinton Apointees For Years

This courtessy of P. M. Carpenter and The Smirking Chimp

From the St. Petersburg Times, April 14, 1994: "Republicans had been threatening to hold up the nomination [of a federal court nominee] indefinitely."

From the New York Times, December 9, 1994: Senator Orrin Hatch, the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told Clinton administration "officials that he was now the principal gatekeeper on who gets to be a federal judge."

From the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, November 12, 1997: "Any Clinton administration nominee who harbors ideas that don't measure up on the GOP litmus test will have a tough time getting by [the Republican Senate's] checkpoints."

From the New York Times, January 2, 1998: "Mr. Hatch and his fellow Congressional Republicans ... have delayed consideration of many of President Clinton's nominees."

From the St. Petersburg Times, September 26, 1999: "From virtually the beginning of Clinton's presidency, [Republicans] have blocked, stalled and shut down judicial confirmations in an attempt to keep jurists with the slightest liberal bent off the bench. Of the 62 judicial nominations put up by Clinton this year, the Senate has voted to confirm only 17."

From the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 22, 2000: "Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., [said] that he and at least 13 other Republicans will block confirmation votes on every judicial nominee sent to the Senate by President Clinton in his last year in office."

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 11, 2000: "Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott pushed through the confirmation of two federal judges Thursday, defying an effort by his fellow Republicans to block all nominations submitted by the Clinton administration."

From the San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2000: "Confirmation votes [on two nominees] had been delayed for years by conservative Republican senators who charged [they] were liberal activists named to a federal appeals court that already leans too far to the left. [One nominee] had to wait four years before yesterday's vote, the longest delay in history for any federal judicial nominee."

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 28, 2000: "Clinton said that he had been trying to get a black judge on [the 4th U.S. Circuit Court] for the last five years but that he had been stopped by the Senate Republican majority."

OK, review over. Update time again. The White House and Republican Senate now foam with high indignation that judicial nominees deserve "an up-or-down vote" and its denial is "inexcusable." Typical GOP HYPOCRICY!


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