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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Bush to Renominate 12 Candidates to the Federal Courts of Appeal

Bushthumbsup On December 23, President Bush announced that when Congress reconvenes in January, he will renominate 12 candidates to the federal courts of appeal, all of whom were previously denied confirmation in Bush's last term.  Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), who is expected to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee, fears that the submission of these 12 names will lead to early judicial gridlock and filibusters rather than compromise.  Specter "would have preferred to have some time in the 109th Congress to improve the climate," but plans to work towards getting Bush's nominees approved.  Some Democratic Senators, such as Charles Schumer (NY) see Bush's choice of making the judicial appointment issue first on the agenda for the 109th Congress as a sign that he is not interested in bipartisanship after all.  More... [Mark Godsey]

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