Bench Memos

House Nudge

Press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Secretary John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) today joined with several of his colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urging the Senate to confirm Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court before the Court begins its session in October.

Along with Doolittle, 85 Members of the House signed the letter which said, “Judge Roberts’ distinguished record shows that he recognizes the appropriate role that the judiciary plays in a democratic system of government. Judges have a duty to interpret our laws and our Constitution rather than substitute their personal beliefs for the law. We believe Judge Roberts will interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench.”

The letter went on to say, “America would be well served if Judge Roberts is confirmed before the Supreme Court begins its session in October.”

In recent weeks, Doolittle has expressed his support for Judge Roberts’ nomination.

“For too long now, Americans have been at the mercy of judges who continue to redefine the Constitution according to their personal agendas,” Doolittle said. “Unless we embrace judges who understand the preeminence of the Constitution, judicial activism will continue to weaken the backbone of America. Judge John Roberts is a man of character and a thoughtful conservative who will guard the God-given rights of all Americans.

“Judge Roberts should be confirmed by the United States Senate, and the American people have every right to expect an honest and civil confirmation process. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to provide a timely up or down vote for the President’s nominee,” Doolittle concluded.

President Clinton’s two nominations took an average of 58 days from nomination to confirmation. Over the past 30 years, the confirmation process has averaged 72 days from nomination to confirmation.

Judge Roberts was reported favorably out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 16-3 and was confirmed by the Senate for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by unanimous consent in 2003.

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