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Sponsors: Reps. W.D. Smith and Wilkins
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 925
Introduced in the House on January 13, 2004
Adopted by the House on January 22, 2004
Summary: Ask Congress to allow timely Senate vote on Bush judicial nominations
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/13/2004 House Introduced HJ-95 1/13/2004 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-95 1/20/2004 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-11 1/21/2004 House Debate adjourned HJ-19 1/22/2004 House Adopted HJ-30 1/22/2004 House Roll call Yeas-81 Nays-29 HJ-31
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
January 20, 2004
S. Printed 1/20/04--H.
Read the first time January 13, 2004.
To whom was referred a House Resolution (H. 4486) to memorialize the Senate of the United States to allow a timely vote on the floor of the United States Senate on all judicial nominations made by President Bush who have been favorably, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
ROBERT W. LEACH, SR. for Committee.
TO MEMORIALIZE THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES TO ALLOW A TIMELY VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE ON ALL JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS MADE BY PRESIDENT BUSH WHO HAVE BEEN FAVORABLY REPORTED BY THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.
Whereas, Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution states 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 twenty-two judgeships as "judicial emergencies"; and
Whereas, forty-three of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees are pending before the United States Senate; and
Whereas, sixty-three percent of President Bush's Court of Appeals nominations have been to fill seats classified as judicial emergencies; and
Whereas, forty-two percent of President Bush's District Court nominations have been to fill seats classified as judicial emergencies; and
Whereas, 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 President Bush's judicial nominees reported favorably by the Committee on the Judiciary enjoys the support of a majority of the United States Senate, as is required by the United States Constitution. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, memorialize the Senate of the United States to allow a timely vote on the floor of the United States Senate on all judicial nominations made by President Bush who have been favorably reported by the Judiciary Committee.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, and the two members of the United States Senate from South Carolina.
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