What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Judicial Nominations : S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Express the Sense of the Senate that President Bush's Conservative Judicial Nominees Should Be Confirmed.
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S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Express the Sense of the Senate that President Bush's Conservative Judicial Nominees Should Be Confirmed.
senate Roll Call 57     Mar 21, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Progressive

One of the Senate's responsibilities is to confirm presidential nominees to the federal judiciary. In the last few decades, battles over judicial nominees have become increasingly contentious. In the Clinton administration, Republicans often refused to move forward on Clinton's nominees, preferring instead to leave the judicial seat unfilled. In the Bush administration, the process slowed still further. Democrats, including Progressives, became increasingly incensed that the administration nominated only deeply conservative candidates to the bench, and they stalled the process as a result. Republicans submitted this amendment to the unrelated energy bill to express the non-binding "sense of the Senate" that the Judiciary Committee should move forward on the nominees by May 9, 2002. With all Democrats opposed and all voting Republicans in favor, it failed, 47-51.

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