02.07.13

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Three Circuit Court Nominees

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013) – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved on Thursday three circuit court nominees who were held over from last year. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed the committee’s action, and called for the full Senate to quickly consider these qualified nominees.

“I have sought to respect home state Senators, Democrats and Republicans, with respect to judicial nominees within their states,” Leahy said. “In fact both home state Senators for all of the judicial nominees on the agenda have indicated their support. We can act on all of these nominations today without further delay.”

The Committee approved the nominations of William Kayatta of Maine to the First Circuit; Judge Robert Bacharach of Oklahoma to the Tenth Circuit and Richard Taranto to the Federal Circuit. All three nominees were renominated by President Barack Obama in January, after they were returned to the White House at the end of the 112th Congress following the Senate’s failure to consider them on the floor.

The Judiciary Committee held over 13 other judicial nominees on Thursday. Results from today’s executive business meeting can be found on the Committee’s website.

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Statement of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),

Senate Judiciary Committee

Executive Business Meeting

February 7, 2013

This morning we have 16 of the President’s nominees on the agenda for consideration.  I hope we can make real progress.  I have sought to respect home state Senators, Democrats and Republicans, with respect to judicial nominees within their states.  I appreciate Senator Collins’ support for the Kayatta nomination, for example.  In fact both home state Senators for all of the judicial nominees on the agenda have indicated their support. We can act on all of these nominations today without further delay.

Last week we held a hearing on gun violence.  Next week we hold a hearing on comprehensive immigration reform and another on gun violence.  We have much to do.  I would like us to be meeting on gun violence legislative proposals by the end of the months and then proceed to comprehensive immigration reform.

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