Senate Judiciary Cmte Approves Two More Bush Judge Nominations

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 26, 2005

Washington, DC ( — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved two more of President Bush’s judicial nominations a day after the full Senate confirmed pro-life Texas Supreme Court judge Priscilla Owen for an appeals court position.

The committee endorsed Richard Griffin and David McKeague for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. They now move to the full Senate where they will receive up or down votes without filibusters.

Senate Democrats had been blocking the two picks with filibusters because Michigan Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both abortion advocates, opposed the nominations.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday that the two would be given votes and he also said Democrats would not filibuster the appeals court nomination of Susan Neilson, who had also been blocked.

William Pryor and Janice Rogers Brown, both pro-life nominees for appellate court picks, are also expected to receive Senate votes soon following Monday’s deal between 14 members of the Senate to stop some filibusters.

However, another Michigan nominee, Henry Saad, will likely continue to face a filibuster.

The Judiciary Committee did not take up the appeals court nominations of North Carolina judge Terrence Boyle and White House staff secretary Brett Kavanaugh.

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