Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: August 1, 2003

Statement on the Senate Filibuster of Judicial Nominees,
August 1, 2003

This week, a minority of Senators continued to filibuster highly qualified judicial nominees who enjoy the support of a majority of Senators. These obstructionist tactics are unprecedented, unfair, and unfaithful to the Senate’s constitutional responsibility to vote on judicial nominees.

These highly qualified nominees have stellar records that represent the mainstream of American law and values and strong bipartisan support from those who know them best. Instead of allowing an up-or-down vote, a minority of Senators have been filibustering Miguel Estrada for nearly 5 months and Priscilla Owen for 3 months and are now obstructing the nomination of Bill Pryor. The failure to hold votes on these nominations not only is inconsistent with the Senate’s constitutional responsibility but also has caused extended judicial vacancies that are harmful to the American judicial system.

Every judicial nominee should receive an up-or-down vote in the full Senate, no matter who is President or which party controls the Senate. It is time to move past the partisan politics of the past and do what is right for the American legal system and the American people. Let each Senator vote how he or she thinks best, but give the nominees a vote.

Note: The statement referred to Miguel A. Estrada, nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; Priscilla Owen, nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; and William H. Pryor, Jr., nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Senate Filibuster of Judicial Nominees, August 1, 2003," Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003), 39:1025-1026 1026. Original Sources, accessed January 21, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48B62R8FKRDUSUE.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Senate Filibuster of Judicial Nominees, August 1, 2003." Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003), 39:1025-1026, page 1026. Original Sources. 21 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48B62R8FKRDUSUE.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Senate Filibuster of Judicial Nominees, August 1, 2003' in Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003), 39:1025-1026, pp.1026. Original Sources, retrieved 21 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=48B62R8FKRDUSUE.