Cornyn Comments On Partisan Obstruction That Led To Estrada Withdrawing Nomination

In: All News   Posted 09/03/2003

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, made the following statement Thursday regarding Miguel Estrada who withdrew his nomination for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:"It’s a terrible day for justice in America when a partisan minority of the Senate can obstruct an extremely well-qualified nominee to the federal bench – to the point of forcing Miguel Estrada to withdraw his nomination. Unfortunately, this good man is the first casualty in the Democrats’ partisan war against the President’s nominees."Mr. Estrada was nominated by President Bush nearly two-and-a-half years ago – and since that time he has faced nothing but obstruction from a partisan minority of the Senate that knew a bipartisan majority stood ready to confirm him. I applaud Mr. Estrada for his patient willingness to serve his country, despite a battle that took its toll on his life and his family."Never in history have we seen the filibuster of a judicial nominee – yet already this year we have three. I urge my Senate colleagues to confirm the remaining nominees to the federal bench and end the disgraceful obstruction that has gone on for too long. The President’s nominees and the American people deserve better.”