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    Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.

    From: PA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-07-14

    CASEY. Mr. President, we have a problem in our court system. We currently have 83 judicial vacancies, and 29 of these are considered judicial emergency vacancies because they have been vacant so long...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-05-25

    LEAHY. Mr. President, nearly 150 years ago, Congress determined that a fully functioning Supreme Court should consist of nine Justices. For more than 100 days, however, the Supreme Court has been unable...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-05-17

    LEAHY. Mr. President, today is the 62nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which reaffirmed our Nation's commitment to justice and equality by ending...



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    Senator Barbara Boxer

    From: CA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-26

    BOXER. Mr. President, I am deeply disappointed that my Republican colleagues continue to play politics with our judicial system. There are currently 79 judicial vacancies in this country--28 of which...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2016-04-11

    REID. Mr. President, later today the Senate will confirm Waverly Crenshaw to serve as a district judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Crenshaw is a superb nominee with impeccable credentials...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-12-17

    LEAHY. Mr. President, as we close the book on the first session of the 114th Congress, our attention is on the thousands of pages in the omnibus spending bill. But as the Republican leadership rushes...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-11-09

    LEAHY. Mr. President, after finally scheduling a few confirmation votes on Federal judges last month, Senate Republicans have reverted back to holding up the confirmation process for no good reason....



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-10-29

    LEAHY. Mr. President, Republicans continue to object to requests for unanimous consent on basic things we should be able to do in a bipartisan manner here in the Senate. In addition to my request about...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-09-29

    LEAHY. Mr. President, this month, the Senate passed a resolution recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrating Hispanic Americans as dedicated public servants in the highest levels of government....



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-09-16

    LEAHY. Mr. President, last week, I spoke about Senate Republicans' virtual shutdown of the judicial nominations process since they took over the majority. Their refusal to respond to the urgent needs...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-08-05

    LEAHY. Mr. President, we began this year with a new Republican majority in the Senate promising to govern responsibly. Unfortunately, this promise has so far proven hollow. Beginning with the shameful...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-07-22

    REID. Mr. President, Alexander Hamilton said, ``The first duty of society is justice.'' If that is true--and I certainly believe it is-- then the Republican Senate is failing miserably on its first duty....



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-06-24

    LEAHY. Mr. President, earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the PATENT Act with a strong bipartisan vote. As the Senate continues to consider this important, balanced legislation...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2015-06-08

    REID. Madam President, a few days ago, the majority leader was reported to have declared to a conservative talk-radio show that under his leadership, the Republican Senate will shirk its constitutional...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-09-18

    LEAHY. Mr. President, as the Senate prepares to go into recess, Senate Republicans are refusing to allow confirmation votes on the more than 20 judicial nominees who will now be stuck in limbo for months....



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-06-23

    LEAHY. Madam President, the judges that fill the two Federal district court seats in my home State have an extraordinary impact on the lives of Vermonters. So when I learned that one of my dearest friends,...



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    Senator Kelly Ayotte

    From: NH

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-06-23

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