FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2005
Contact: Jeffrey Mazzella
CFIF Launches Ad Campaign on Judicial Nominees
Constitutional Advocacy Group Tells Senate Obstructionists:
‘It’s Time to Vote!’
Alexandria, VA As the Senate this week begins its long anticipated debate on ending the filibusters against President Bush’s judicial nominees, the Center for Individual Freedom today announced an ad campaign urging an end to the Democrats’ obstruction and calling for fair up-or-down votes on the nominations.
The full page ad, which is running in tomorrow’s edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill,features a clock face displaying the photos of all 12 nominees whose confirmations are being obstructed by filibuster or other procedural means. Each nominee’s photo is affixed with a caption displaying the shocking number of days each has been waiting for a fair up-or-down vote. The ad reads: “TIME’S UP … IT’S TIME TO VOTE!”
“President Bush has nominated some of the best and brightest legal minds in the country to serve on the federal judiciary,” said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella. “All of them have bi-partisan support. All of them have majority support in the Senate. But too many of these highly qualified nominees have been denied a vote on their confirmations for far too long.
“Senate Democrats, marching in lockstep with their well-funded special interest allies, have maintained an unprecedented campaign of obstruction against President Bush’s judicial nominees,” said Mazzella. “It’s time to end that obstruction. It’s time to restore fairness to the confirmation process. It’s time for Senators to do their job by fulfilling their constitutional obligation to vote yea or nay on the nominees.”
The Center for Individual Freedom (www.cfif.org) is a non-profit, non-partisan constitutional and free-market advocacy organization dedicated to protecting individual freedom and rights in the legal, legislative and educational arenas. Through its Confirmation Watch project, CFIF has been a leader in pushing the Senate to hold up-or-down votes on judicial nominations.
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