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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lori Waters, (202) 544-0353Thursday, May 9, 2002

Judicial Nominees: 
The Senate's Gentlemen and Ladies in Waiting 
(and waiting and waiting)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — "One year ago today, the President nominated eleven men and women to the federal bench, but eight of those nominees have not even had a hearing. They remain the Senate's Gentlemen and Ladies in Waiting, and waiting, and waiting," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Lori Waters on Thursday.

"Since the Democrats took over the majority in the Senate, President Bush's nominees have been held hostage by the Judiciary Committee. President Bush submitted 70 judicial nominations for Senate approval in 2001, but only 28 judges were confirmed, which is the lowest approval rate in the last 20 years. Today, there are 58 district court nominees and 29 circuit court nominees waiting for consideration.

"The current Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy argued in 1997 that 'A President should be given a great deal of latitude on who he nominates to the Federal courts.' Senator Leahy has also stated numerous times that a nominee should get an up or down vote within 60 days.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee has no Constitutional authority to withhold nominations from the floor. It's time for the Senate to do its job. We urge quick and decisive committee action on all of the President's nominees, especially the Year-in-Waiting-Eight.

"Eagle Forum's Court Watch project is actively reviewing the President's nominees and will make further statements on individual nominees as they are considered by the Senate," concluded Waters.

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