May 21, 2005 |
Republicans filed a motion Friday to end debate on the nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla R. Owen to the federal bench, a move starting the countdown to the so-called nuclear option. The motion schedules for Tuesday the long-anticipated showdown over whether Democrats have the right to use the parliamentary tactic known as the filibuster to block presidential judicial nominations. Before filing the motion, Sen.
May 18, 2005 |
Moderate Democrats and Republicans failed Tuesday to derail a confrontation over federal judgeships that both sides said would begin playing out today on the floor of the Senate. Republican leaders said they would start the day's Senate session by opening debate on President Bush's nomination of Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla R. Owen to the federal appeals court in New Orleans.
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.