Skip to comments.Breaking: JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION NETWORK LAUNCHES DRIVE TO END OBSTRUCTIONISM
Posted on 03/02/2005 6:46:35 PM PST by 1stFreedom
For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Russell or Mark Coyle at 703-683-5004
JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION NETWORK LAUNCHES DRIVE TO END OBSTRUCTIONISM
JCN Joins Dozens of Citizen Groups to Push for Fair Confirmation of Judicial Nominees
Washington In an effort to halt blatantly partisan and personal attacks on many of the Presidents nominees to the Federal Courts, the Judicial Confirmation Network is circulating a national petition and is partnering with more than seventy citizen and grassroots organizations across the country calling on Senators to bring the Presidents judicial nominations to the floor for respectful debate and timely votes.
Our message is simple, the people want the Senate to do its work and our petition will remind Senators that they have an obligation to bring these nominations to the floor for a fair vote, said Gary Marx, executive director of Judicial Confirmation Network. The rhetoric we are already hearing from the left is divisive and unproductive to the confirmation process. The public sees through the liberal extremist groups' campaign to deny confirmation to highly qualified nominees -- and will hold obstructionist Senators responsible. Middle America realizes that the fear and smear tactics leveled by some groups isnt helpful to a fair confirmation process, Marx added.
The group began distributing petitions this week via e-mail alerts to citizens and to dozens of other citizen activist organizations including Focus on the Family, Americans for Tax Reform, the Committee for Justice, Americans for Limited Government and the American Center for Law and Justice. JCN expects thousands of respondents in coming weeks. In addition, the national petition calling for an end to obstructionism is accessible by visiting JCNs website at: www.judicialnetwork.com
Click here to view the petition.
The stunning re-election defeat of former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle was due largely to the publics perception that Sen. Daschle was no longer willing to work in a spirit of bi-partisan cooperation with his Republican colleagues, said Marx.
The public is well aware that some Senators are denying qualified candidates a fair vote simply because these candidates do not support their liberal ideology. People are tired of this kind of behavior in the U.S. Senate. They want their elected officials to do their jobs, Marx added.
The Judicial Confirmation Network is an organization of citizens joined together to support the confirmation of highly qualified individuals to the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, JCN works to ensure that the confirmation process for all judicial nominees is fair and that every nominee sent to the full Senate receives an up or down vote.
The Judicial Conformation Network Petition follows:
A Petition Calling on United States Senators to End the Obstructionism, Do Their Duty, and Vote Up or Down on Every Judicial Nominee
Whereas, the America people have a right to expect their Senators to do the job they were sent to the Senate to do;
Whereas, the Constitution clearly places responsibility on the Senate in its Advice and Consent role to vote on the Presidents nominees to the judiciary;
Whereas, basic fairness demands that every nominee - who has made a commitment - in many cases a sacrifice - to serve our country and who has gone through an arduous confirmation process - receive a final vote of the full Senate;
Whereas, the American people reject the politics of personal destruction and oppose the fear and smear campaigns conducted by extremist groups against judicial nominees;
Whereas, the American people do not want the United States Senate bowing to the demands of extremist groups to obstruct or deny a full vote to a nominee;
Therefore, I urge you as a United States Senator to pledge to do your duty, to oppose the obstructionism, to denounce the "fear and smear" campaigns of extremist groups against nominees, and recognize the right of every nominee sent to the full Senate to receive an up or down vote.
To schedule an interview with Gary Marx of the Judicial Confirmation Network, please call Mark Coyle or Mike Russell 703-683-5004 (ex. 130 for Mark Coyle, ex. 109 for Mike Russell)
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