May 19, 2005 |
Surely it was no accident that Republicans on Wednesday sent forth Priscilla R. Owen, a soft-spoken Texas Supreme Court justice, to open the Senate's political brawl over President Bush's judicial nominees. The 50-year-old jurist, who also teaches Sunday school, comes across as a mainstream conservative. She is not known for making provocative speeches -- unlike California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, another Bush nominee.
May 30, 2005
Re "Senate Confirms Nomination of Filibuster Target," May 26: Judge Priscilla R. Owen has now been confirmed to fill a seat on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has been vacant since January 1997. To fill that vacancy, President Clinton first nominated Jorge Rangel of Corpus Christi, Texas, whose nomination was returned to the president in 1998 after 15 months without even a hearing in the Judiciary Committee. In September 1999, Clinton nominated Enrique Moreno to that seat, and that nomination was stalled, without a hearing, for 17 months.
May 18, 2005
We usually like it when centrist senators like John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) try to galvanize the sensible center on behalf of some compromise, but we sincerely hope they fail in their attempt to preserve the Senate's filibuster. Count this page on the side of conservative social activists who are pushing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to "nuke" the filibuster. We don't share these activists' enthusiasm for the White House judicial nominees triggering the current showdown.
March 28, 2003 |
A divided U.S. Senate committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to President Bush's nomination of Priscilla R. Owen, a conservative Texas Supreme Court justice, to the federal appellate bench. But Owen may face a Democratic procedural roadblock in the full Senate, like the one preventing confirmation of fellow judicial nominee Miguel Estrada. On a party-line vote of 10-9, the Judiciary Committee sent to the Senate Bush's nomination of Owen to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
May 26, 2005 |
The Senate finally closed the chapter on the filibuster saga of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla R. Owen on Wednesday, formally confirming her nomination to a federal appellate court. The mostly party-line vote was 55-43. Democratic opposition to Owen and several of President Bush's other nominees to the federal bench had pushed the Senate to the brink of a showdown over the use of the filibuster against judicial nominees.
June 8, 2005 |
The Senate ended the filibuster of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown on Tuesday when 10 Democrats crossed party lines and voted to close debate on her nomination to the federal bench, clearing the way for a confirmation vote today. The motion passed 65 to 32; at least 60 votes were needed to end the filibuster. With Republicans holding 55 seats in the 100-member Senate, Brown was expected to easily win the 51 votes needed for confirmation to the U.S.