Assembly resolution no. 62 State of new jersey 212th legislature



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ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 62



STATE OF NEW JERSEY

212th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2006 SESSION





Sponsored by:

Assemblyman JOSEPH PENNACCHIO

District 26 (Morris and Passaic)

SYNOPSIS

Requests United States Senators Jon S. Corzine and Frank R. Lautenberg to support a floor vote for President Bush's judicial nominees.


CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel





An Assembly Resolution requesting the United States Senators of the State of New Jersey to support a floor vote for President Bush's judicial nominees.
Whereas, Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution provides that the President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States;" and

Whereas, The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has classified 14 federal judgeship vacancies as "judicial emergencies"; and

Whereas, 45 of President George W. Bush's nominees to federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals are pending before the United States Senate; and

Whereas, In the previous Congressional session, the 107th Congress, which represented the first two years of the Bush presidency, only 53% of the President's 32 nominations to Courts of Appeals were confirmed by the United States Senate, and only 84% of the President's 83 nominations to District Courts were confirmed; and

Whereas, According to the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, the number of judicial nominations confirmed by the Senate during the first two years of President Clinton's term was much higher; 90% of President Clinton's nominations to Courts of Appeals were confirmed, as were 91% of his nominations to District Courts; and

Whereas, In the current Congressional session, the 108th Congress, a minority of senators have used dilatory tactics to prevent a Senate floor vote on six of President Bush's judicial nominees, all of whom were reported favorably by the Committee on the Judiciary; and

Whereas, Each of the judicial nominees reported favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee enjoys the support of a majority of the United States Senate; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The General Assembly respectfully requests United States Senators Jon S. Corzine and Frank R. Lautenberg to work to allow a timely vote on the floor of the United States Senate on all judicial nominations.
2. Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and attested by the Clerk thereof, shall be transmitted to United States Senators Jon S. Corzine and Frank R. Lautenberg.

STATEMENT


This resolution requests United States Senators Jon S. Corzine and Frank R. Lautenberg to support a floor vote for President Bush's judicial nominees. Currently, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts has classified 14 federal judgeship vacancies as "judicial emergencies," and 45 of President George W. Bush's nominees to federal District Courts and Court of Appeals are pending before the United States Senate. In the previous Congressional session, which represented the first two years of the Bush presidency, only 53% of the President's 32 nominations to Courts of Appeals were confirmed by the Senate, and only 84% of the President's 83 nominations to District Courts were confirmed.

In the view of the sponsor, in the current Congressional session a minority of senators have used dilatory tactics to prevent a Senate floor vote on six of President Bush's judicial nominees. All of these nominees were reported favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee and enjoy the support of a majority of the United States Senate.




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