SENATORS, IT'S "ADVISE AND CONSENT,"
NOT "OBSTRUCT AND DELAY"
Urges Unobstructed Floor Vote on Miguel Estrada
Va. As the full Senate considers the confirmation of Miguel
Estrada to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Center for Individual
Freedom today reminded all 100 Senators of their constitutional
responsibility to the judicial confirmation process.
constitution reads 'advise and consent' not 'obstruct and delay,'"
said Jeffrey Mazzella, the Center's Sr. Vice President of Legislative
Affairs. "That means all 100 Senators should be permitted
to cast their yea or nay vote. Miguel Estrada, who is slated to
be the first Hispanic ever to serve on the D.C. Circuit, has been
waiting an astonishing 643 days, and counting," Mazzella
Estrada's remarkable academic and legal record, Senate Democrats,
led by Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Edward Kennedy
(D-MA), are threatening to filibuster Estrada's confirmation --
a deceitful and partisan move that will prevent the Senate from
fulfilling its constitutional obligation.
ironic that these leaders have railed against such obstructionist
tactics in the past," noted Mazzella.
have stated over and over again ...that I would object and fight
against any filibuster on a judge,
whether it is somebody I opposed or supported."
Congressional Record, June 18, 1998
who feel strongly about the issue of fairness should vote for cloture,
even if they intend to vote against the nomination itself. It is
wrong to filibuster this nomination, and Senators who believe in
fairness will not let a minority of the Senate deny [the nominee]
his vote by the entire Senate."
Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Congressional Record, June 21, 1995
the Senators should follow their own advice. A full Senate vote
on Miguel Estrada is long overdue. The continued partisan brinksmanship
is only undermining the constitutional integrity of the process
and destroying the efficacy of the federal judiciary," Mazzella
Center has dedicated a portion of its website, www.cfif.org,
to the confirmation process entitled "Confirmation Watch,"
where it provides an up-to-date list of judicial nominees awaiting
confirmation by the Senate and frequently highlights the credentials
of the nominees.
in 1998, the Center for Individual Freedom is a non-partisan constitutional
advocacy group that fights to protect and defend individual freedoms
and rights in the legal, legislative and educational arenas. The
Center does not endorse or oppose any of the judicial nominees.
Our purpose on this issue is to encourage the timely fulfillment
of the Senate's constitutional duty to the confirmation process.