January 15, 2009 |
Reprising a familiar role, Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) plans to challenge President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general over Clinton-era pardons and other controversies during today's scheduled confirmation hearing. Eric J. Holder showed a tendency to bend to the political winds when he was deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, Specter, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said last week in a floor speech outlining his concerns. In an interview this week, Specter said: "The attorney general has to have the courage and the stature, the independence, to say no. " So far, Holder has endured more sustained criticism from senators than any of Obama's other cabinet nominees, though most say they believe the nomination is not in danger.
June 27, 2000 |
Pennsylvania's two U.S. Senators, Arlen Spector and Rick Santorum, need to be called to task for their failure to arrange for a Senate confirmation hearing on the nomination of Legrome Davis to be a federal judge. Davis, the supervising judge of the Criminal Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, was nominated to be a U.S. District Court judge in Philadelphia by President Clinton in July 1998 and again in January 1999. His nomination drew accolades from all quarters in light of Davis' intellect, reputation for fairness, balanced temperament and integrity.
March 28, 2001 |
In an unprecedented move to defuse the controversy surrounding his choice for state treasurer, acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco yesterday allowed ranking members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee to review the state-police background check of Isabel Miranda. The committee had been scheduled to take up Miranda's nomination Monday, but its chairman, Sen. William Gormley (R., Atlantic), postponed the hearing after a published report said a former employer, Citibank, had fired Miranda for misusing company funds.
July 1, 2010
Excerpts from Wednesday's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan: Kagan , denying that she had tried as an adviser to President Bill Clinton to allow, in line with her own views on abortion, the broadest possible practice of a late-term procedure that opponents call "partial-birth" abortion: "It's not true. I had no agenda with respect to this issue. " Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.): "I certainly have an agenda when it comes to abortion. You can be pro-choice and be just as patriotic as I am. You can be just as religious as anybody I know.
March 10, 2004 |
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D., N.D.) announced plans yesterday to block the Senate's confirmation of Mark McClellan, President Bush's choice to run Medicare, until he answered senators' questions about drug reimportation. McClellan, whose nomination to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was approved, 18-2, yesterday by the Senate Finance Committee, on Monday refused a request from Dorgan and Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) to testify before the Senate commerce committee.
June 12, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra Association can exit from bankruptcy on an expedited schedule. In a hearing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Judge Eric L. Frank said he would approve a timeline to bring the orchestra before the court again on June 28 for a confirmation hearing. Because of the "aggressive scheduling," Frank said, any objections to the orchestra's reorganization plan would have to be heard at the confirmation hearing, which could take a day or two. The judge, after reviewing a list of procedural concerns, said he was approving the quicker-than-usual schedule in recognition of the case's notoriety, suggesting that any interested parties were already aware of the bankruptcy.
July 17, 2009 |
Nearly 10 hours into the fourth day of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing, JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, testified yesterday evening in praise of the nominee and urged that senators "send a strong message" by confirming her. Epps, addressing the hearing as part of its final panel of outside witnesses, spoke in her capacity as cochair of the National Association of Women Lawyers' Committee for the Evaluation...
February 6, 1997 |
A Senate committee yesterday approved the nomination of Rodney E. Slater to be transportation secretary. His nomination was sent to the Senate on a voice vote. "Mr. Slater, I believe, is a credit to the nation and the state of Arkansas," said Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Slater, an aide to President Clinton when he was governor of Arkansas, has been federal highway administrator for four years. Also yesterday, Janet F. Yellen, who is set to leave the Federal Reserve for a top White House economic post, said at her confirmation hearing that she would like to see economic growth pick up. "I'm not satisfied with 2.5 percent growth, and I don't think anybody should be satisfied with 2.5 percent growth," Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee.
June 6, 1986 |
Home-county senators are blocking the reappointment of two New Jersey Supreme Court justices in what could be an emerging test of the patronage practice called "senatorial courtesy. " The two Republican senators say the justices have participated in court decisions that usurp legislative authority. The ruling most often cited is the court's 1983 Mount Laurel housing decision, which both senators have denounced. So far, whatever tension there may be between the two senators and Gov. Kean has remained largely private.
August 4, 1997
"[The president] . . . by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors . . . " With those few words, the U.S. Constitution spells out the selection process for appointive positions in the federal government, from consuls to Supreme Court justices. But increasingly, the straightforward process of advice and consent has become a heated rhetorical war that plays out in the media, pre-empting the traditional confirmation hearing before a committee of thoughtful and deliberative senators.