April 13th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Democratic senators urge action on Obama's judicial nominees

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Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee lashed out at Senate Republicans on Tuesday for holding up confirmation votes on President Obama's judicial nominees.

"The overall pattern set by Republicans on the other side of the aisle is one of reflexive partisanship, not principled argument," Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, told reporters. "Increasingly, Senate Republicans are avoiding answering aye or nay on these nominations. They prefer saying 'just maybe.' "

He pointed to the Republicans' use of filibustering, a parliamentarian tactic in which 60 votes are needed to end debate and allow an up-or-down vote.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a news conference it appears Democrats will have to force a vote on some of the nominations, leading to late-night sessions.

"It will mean some speeches showing the American people how unusual this is in the history of our country, to have a party saying no to everything," he added.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How about Todd Palin, he's a fisherman, a high school dropout and a dog sleigh rider because his wife Sarah says that President Obama being a lawyer, community activist, campaigner and President aren't qualifications.

    April 13, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Albo58

    Leahy is a complete party hack and should be retired by about 15 years ago!

    April 13, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Raymond

    Senator, can an adult have principled arguments with a cantankerous child? Of course not. How can you expect such with today's Republicans?

    April 13, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Chineka Duff

    I think president Obama should pick who wants !

    April 13, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Betty

    Poor ole stupid Harry Reid, can he not understand that the American people have zero trust and RESPECT in anything he might say or do?
    You bet we will not be blinded again by another one of Obamas and the two puppets, Pelosi and Reid to get away with another one of their "out to destroy" everything that is the correct way to do for our country. The 3 of them should be tied to a tree and beat the living crap fout of them.. Yes, they make me sooo Angry just by being stupid.

    April 13, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Luke Brown

    The Republicans in Congress have made it clear they intend to sabotage President Obama every chance they get. They make our country and our government look pathetic.

    Hey GOP ... There is a reason we elected Barack. Get on board or get out of the way.

    (BTW, 2008 was the first time I voted for a Democrat, and it was the best vote I ever cast.)

    April 13, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. ran

    Recess appointments, reconciliation, executive order are the tools that the President and Democrats need to use to get this country business done.

    The hell with the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans. Enough is enough of their destructive behavior.

    April 13, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. rob

    leahy is so far liberal left ; i dont trust him he would elect palin if she was a liberal, just a wacko leftist

    April 13, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Jerry - Florida

    Mr. Leahy, go ahead continue to have your ugly mug up NObama's behind. He's probably enjoying it to the fullest.

    April 13, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |

    Just more obstructionist tactics from the party NO. They do not care in the least about America, just politics. The President ask the GOP to nominate a judge and if the President agreed with their choice they would then vote against the nominee, just like they did on several other issues. Anyone with half a brain can see that GOP wants the president to fail, the country to fail. Well probably anyone except the Tea Baggers who only believe what they hear on Fix No News. Although I did say you needed at least half a brain to see the truth so that automatically left out Tea Baggers anyway. The only way to move our great country forward again is to vote out all republicans.

    April 13, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Jin

    The problem with making public just how selfishly partisan the party of no is being is that one has to find a news source that actually reports the news as news. Mostly people watch Faux Noise and dumbly believe they are actually seeing news instead of knowing it is "entertainment" ala Rupert Murdock. [tabloid crap for the unaware]. Finding a source that does not "spin" the news is harder and harder today. NPR and PBS try, but they don't shriek or cry or simply tell lies so only the discerning tune in. This will have to come directly from the President or VP and will have to be done very carefully.

    April 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. m smith

    just another example of hwo the repos care about the American public. They play games with the judiciary system just to twart this president. Vote them all out.

    April 13, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. Obamalism

    Oh the irony! A democrat crying about holding up judicial nominees. The GOP isn't even a third of the way to the length of time that the dems kept bush's appointments on hold.

    They don't even attach the nominees wives and private lives like the dems have.

    Believe it, Obama will put forth the most radical, constitution hating nominee that he can find. It's his only chance to save some of the laws he's pushing for to not be struck down by the courts as unconstitutional.

    Dems are still ticked off that John Roberts came out of their grilling looking like a king.

    April 13, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. opticecho

    The GOP is seriously sad. They'd rather think about the next election than help our country move forward ... as short-sighted as a toddler!

    April 13, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. malclave

    Barack Obama supports filibuster and voting against nominees based purely on ideology.

    Why are Democrats working against the President?

    April 13, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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