Sen. Cornyn Urges Fellow Judiciary Committee Members To Create Rule To Guide Handling Of Judicial Nominees

In: All News   Posted 01/29/2003

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary committee and chairman of the subcommittee on the Constitution, today addressed his first Judiciary committee hearing. The hearing was held for Deborah Cook, nominated to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; John Roberts, nominated to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Jeffrey Sutton, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Sen. Cornyn made the following remarks:"As a new member, I hope the Judiciary Committee can have a fresh start. I don’t think it serves the interests of the American people for us to point fingers across the isle."While I have reservations, under separation of powers – a provision of our Constitution – about the President’s proposal for a timetable and don’t think it should be imposed, I do think that it would be worthwhile for this committee to consider on a bipartisan basis devising a rule that would guide the committee in terms of the manner in which we consider the President’s nominees, regardless of who happens to be in power. By doing so, we can have a timely consideration of these nominees’ qualifications and an up or down vote by this committee and then the entire senate. "We not only owe the men and women who are nominated by the President the courtesy of that [a timely hearing]… we also owe that to the American people, the people we serve… because, in fact, for all of the vacancies that have existed as a result of a failure to act on the President’s judicial nominees there are very real human beings whose cases are not being heard, and of course justice delayed is justice denied. "I hope we can work in a bipartisan way to make a fresh start and a timetable that would allow for consideration of all the nominees in a timely manner.”