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Estrada Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia/Vote on Cloture.
senate Roll Call 140     May 05, 2003
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Judicial nominations have become increasingly contentious in recent years. In response to the rash of extremelyconservative nominations made by President Bush to the federal bench, Senate Democrats have opposed cloture and thereby forestalled a final vote on the nominees (a cloture motion limits debate, schedules a time for the final vote, and requires a sixty-vote majority). Miguel Estrada, who was nominated for a judgeship on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was one such nominee. Progressives opposed Estrada's nomination because the White House has failed to provide information to Senators so they may render an informed judgement on Estrada's qualifications. Progressives worry that Estrada, who failed to answer important questions regarding his judicial philosophy during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on issues such as abortion rights, may espouse ideologically-extreme beliefs and offer rulings that are out-of-step with mainstream viewpoints if confirmed. The motion to invoke cloture and allow a vote on the Estrada nomination failed to garner the necessary sixty votes and was defeated 52-39.

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