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Estrada Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia/Vote on Cloture.
senate Roll Call 312     Jul 30, 2003
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N = Progressive
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After Republicans failed to confirm a number of President Clinton's judicial nominees, Democrats began filibustering the most conservative nominees made by President Bush to the federal bench. Miguel Estrada, who was nominated for a judgeship on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, has been the target of a Democratic filibuster. Progressives opposed Estrada's nomination because the White House has failed to provide information about the nominee that was requested by Senators to assess Estrada's qualifications. Additionally, Estrada failed to answer important questions regarding his judicial philosophy during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on issues ranging from abortion rights to the proper scope of government. For these reasons, Progressives were concerned that Estada may hold ideologically-extreme beliefs and offer rulings that are out-of-step with mainstream legal viewpoints and they voted against cloture on those grounds (a cloture motion, if adopted, ends debate and schedules a time for a final vote). The motion to invoke cloture on the Estrada nomination failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was defeated 55-43.

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