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Owen Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit/Vote on Cloture.
senate Roll Call 137     May 01, 2003
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N = Progressive
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Senate Democrats have pursued a strategy of filibustering President Bush's most conservative judicial nominees, including Miguel Estrada, Charles Pickering, and Priscilla Owen. The courts, progressives argue, should be composed of ideologically-moderate judges who will represent mainstream views. On this vote, Republicans sought cloture (a motion which, if successful, would have limited debate and scheduled a final vote) on the confirmation of Priscilla Owen to be a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Progressives took issue with Owen's arguments in favor of stricter parental consent laws for minors obtaining an abortion in Texas and opposed her confirmation on those grounds. The motion to invoke cloture, which requires a 60-vote majority for passage, was rejected by a 52-44 margin.

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