November 17, 2011
Second Minibus Appropriations Package
Three Senate abortion promoting appropriations bills that had been combined
into one “minibus” legislative package failed to reach the Senate floor
Tuesday when pro-life Senators refused to grant “unanimous consent” for
The spending bills for Energy and Water, the State Department/Foreign
Operations, and Financial Services would normally be considered separately
under Senate rules. Because Majority Leader Harry Reid wanted to pass the
three measures quickly, he combined them into one “minibus” package. The
problem for Senator Reid: he needed the unanimous consent of the Senate to
bend the rules.
Because the three bills contained pro-abortion provisions, including ones
that would allow taxpayer funding of abortion in the District of Columbia,
allow taxpayer funding of groups that provide or advocate for abortions
abroad, and contribute tens of millions of dollars to the United Nations
fund that supports China’s one child/forced abortion policy, four pro-life
Senators refused to give their consent for Senator Reid’s procedural
maneuver. Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY),
and Mike Lee (R-UT) all objected to bringing the “minibus” to the Senate
floor, effectively killing the attempt to have the three bills considered.
Individual spending bills with pro-abortion provisions will likely be
brought to the Senate for consideration again, but the “minibus” fast-track
approach appears to have been derailed.
December 23, 2010
Defense Authorization Bill
Before Congress adjourned for the year last night, the House of
Representatives approved by unanimous consent the Defense Authorization Bill
to fund the military. House approval was necessary because the Senate passed
a slightly different version from the one the House had voted upon earlier.
Absent from the bill was the Burris amendment, which would have allowed
abortions to be performed at foreign and domestic military facilities.
Passage of the Defense spending bill leaves intact the current ban on the
performance of almost all abortions at military hospitals and clinics.
The newly elected Congress will convene on January 5, 2011.
December 20, 2010 Legislative Update
Defense Authorization Act
The House voted 341 to 48 on Friday to pass a stripped-down version
of the Defense Department’s spending authorization bill. The measure does
not contain any of the more controversial components included in previous
versions, prominently omitting the Burris amendment which would have
reversed current policy and allowed abortions to be performed on foreign and
domestic military facilities.
The legislation, which preserves the ban on almost all abortions at military
bases, now goes to the Senate.
International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act
The House voted 241 to 166 for a bill to fund programs in foreign
countries for the stated purpose of preventing young girls from being forced
into marriage. The bill did not pass, however, because it was brought up for
a vote under the “suspension of rules” procedure, under which a bill
requires a two-thirds majority.
Pro-lifers opposed the legislation because there were no safeguards against
the $108 million that would have been authorized from going to groups that
perform or advocate for abortion. Under the “suspension of rules” procedure,
no amendments were permitted, forcing a “take it or leave it” vote.
December 17, 2010
Omnibus Spending Bill
The $1.1 trillion spending authorization bill introduced in the Senate this
week has now been withdrawn by Majority Leader Harry Reid after it became
clear that he did not have the 60 necessary votes to bring the measure to
the floor. The legislation would have funded abortions in the District of
Columbia and given extra money to organizations that perform abortions
domestically and abroad.
The Omnibus Spending Bill would have been binding until the end of the
fiscal year, September 30, 2011. Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader
Mitch McConnell will now work out a short term funding bill that will keep
the government operating beyond tomorrow, allowing the next Congress to
determine spending levels for the remainder of the fiscal year.
December 16, 2010
Omnibus Spending Bill
The Senate is expected to stay in session through the weekend to
approve a bill to keep the government funded beyond Saturday. Should the
Senate and House not agree on a measure, the government could shut down next
The spending authorization bill the Senate is considering would fund the
government for the remainder of the fiscal year – until September 30, 2011.
Republicans, upset that lame duck Democrats in Congress are trying to set
spending levels, want a short term spending bill now that would allow the
new Congress make those decisions next January or February.
At issue for pro-lifers are several key parts of the Omnibus Spending Bill
the Senate leadership is pushing. It would:
- fund abortions in the District of Columbia;
- increase federal funding for family planning groups that also perform
abortions, like Planned Parenthood; and
- increase federal funding for international family planning groups that
also perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood International.
At this time, it’s not clear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the 60
votes necessary to bring the spending bill to the floor.
December 10, 2010
Burris Amendment – Defense Authorization Act
The Senate yesterday voted against bringing the Defense Authorization Act to
the floor for consideration, limiting the chances that Congress will take
action on the pro-abortion Burris amendment during the lame duck session.
The Burris amendment to the Defense Authorization Act would change existing
law to allow abortions to be performed in foreign and domestic military
facilities. It was included in the Defense spending bill by a Senate
committee earlier this year, but Majority Leader Harry Reid could not muster
the 60 votes necessary to bring the full measure to the Senate floor for a
Given the limited time left in the lame duck session and priorities such as
tax legislation, reports indicate that the Defense bill may not be
reconsidered until the new Congress convenes next year.
December 9, 2010
The Burris Amendment -- Abortions at Military Hospitals
The Senate may vote as early as today to bring the Defense Authorization Act
to the floor for debate. The Defense bill contains the Burris amendment, a
measure that would allow abortions to be performed at both foreign and
domestic military facilities.
Consideration of the Defense Authorization Act may be delayed, however,
until the Senate votes on the pending compromise legislation to extend tax
cuts and unemployment benefits. According to press reports, Senate Leader
Harry Reid wants to bring up the Defense Authorization Act as soon as
possible, but he needs at least two Republican votes to do so and
Republicans are insisting that the tax bill be resolved first.
December 2, 2010
HR 5953 – The Women Veterans Bill of Rights Act
The House of Representatives approved by voice vote the Women Veterans Bill
of Rights Act, but not before pro-life language requested by Congressman
Chris Smith (R-NJ) was added. The additional language insures that the
measure creates no new rights to abortion or abortion counseling at Veterans
December 1, 2010
HR 5953 – The Women Veterans Bill of Rights Act
The House is expected to vote today on a revised version of HR 5953, the
Women Veterans Bill of Rights Act. In an attempt to cure ambiguous language
that could have been used to mandate the performance and funding of
abortions at Veterans Administration facilities, the bill’s sponsor,
pro-abortion Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) has added a clause stating,
“Nothing in this Act shall be construed to establish a right to any service
excluded under 38 C.F.R. 17.38….” Abortion and in vitro fertilization are
two such excluded services.
November 30, 2010 Update
HR 5953 – The Women Veterans Bill of Rights
The lame-duck House of Representatives may begin consideration of the
innocuous sounding “Women Veterans Bill of Rights” today. The measure
contains language that could be construed to require the provision and
funding of abortions at Veterans Administration facilities. While abortions
are currently excluded from veterans’ benefit packages, this exclusion does
not extend to new authorities, such as those created by HR 5953.
September 30, 2010
Congress Goes Home for Elections
The House of Representatives adjourned in the early morning hours today
after passing a Senate-approved continuing funding resolution to keep the
government operating for the next two months. With the Senate adjourning
Wednesday night, Congress will now be inactive until after the elections.
Both houses will return on November 15 for what one Democrat Senator has
termed “the mother of all lame duck” sessions.
September 21, 2010
The Senate voted 56-43 today on a motion to end debate and bring
the 2011 Defense Authorization Act to the floor. Sixty votes were needed for
the motion to pass, so the measure will now not be considered until a
December lame duck session or, perhaps, when the new Congress convenes.
The Defense Authorization bill contains the “Burris” amendment, which would
change existing law to allow abortions to be performed at military hospitals
and facilities both abroad and in the U.S.
September 17, 2010
Defense Authorization Act
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a cloture motion on the
2011 Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, meaning the Senate may vote to
consider the measure next Tuesday, September 21. The spending bill contains
the so-called Burris amendment, which would change existing federal policy
to allow abortions to be performed at military hospitals and facilities in
the U.S. and abroad.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has indicated that he may filibuster the Defense
Act because of its inclusion of the Burris amendment and the possible
inclusion of amendments dealing with illegal immigration and the “don’t ask,
don’t tell” policy. Even if Senator Reid is successful in having the Senate
vote to begin consideration of the legislation, it’s not clear if a final
vote on the bill could take place before Congress leaves Washington for the
September 14, 2010
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding
On the first day back from summer recess, pro-abortion Senator
Arlen Specter (D-PA) on Monday introduced legislation that would write into
law President Barack Obama’s executive order purporting to legalize federal
funding of embryonic stem cell research. Similar legislation has been
introduced in the House, sponsored by pro-abortion Representatives Diana
DeGette (D-CO) and Mike Castle (R-DE).
The bills come as a federal appeals court is weighing whether to enjoin
embryonic stem cell funding while a lawsuit against such use of taxpayer
money winds its way through the court system. A lower federal court had
ordered such funding suspended, but an appeals court has temporarily
restored the spending. Should the Specter/DeGette/Castle bill become law,
the lawsuit would become moot.
It’s not known at this time whether either the House or Senate will actually
vote on the legislation before breaking for the fall election campaign.
August 23, 2010
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the Bishop’s Committee on
Pro-Life Activities, wrote to Members of Congress last Friday urging them to
support HR 5939, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The bill,
introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), would make the annual Hyde
amendment prohibiting almost all abortion funding permanent law. The measure
would also extend the Hyde restrictions to cover not just Department of
Health and Human Services spending, but all government spending. HR 5939
currently has 166 co-sponsors, including 20 Democrats.
A copy of Cardinal DiNardo’s letter is available at
August 6, 2010
The Senate voted 63-37 yesterday to confirm the nomination of Elena
Kagan to the Supreme Court. Five Republicans (Graham, Lugar, Snowe, Collins,
and Gregg) voted for Ms. Kagan; one Democrat (Nelson) voted against her.
Coburn/Hatch bill on Obamacare
Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) yesterday
introduced the “Excluding Abortion Coverage from the Health Reform Act of
2010” bill that would extend the Hyde Amendment to Obamacare. The measure
would prevent taxpayer dollars from paying for abortion in the President’s
health care overhaul except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
The Coburn/Hatch legislation, which as yet does not have a number, is
identical to the “Protect Life Act,” H.R. 5111, introduced by Congressman
Joe Pitts in the House last April.
August 5, 2010
The Senate is expected to confirm the nomination of Elena Kagan to
the Supreme Court today. Immediately after, the Senate will go into its
annual summer recess for five weeks.
August 4, 2010
Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced H.R. 5939, the
“No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” Smith and Lipinski were joined by
155 bipartisan cosponsors which included 18 Democrats (including Lipinski)
and 139 Republicans (including Smith). A joint press statement by Smith and
Lipinski along with text of H.R. 5939 can be
Evidence of Obamacare’s unpopularity continues to mount.
Yesterday, voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a measure that strikes
at the heart of the President’s health care law. Proposition C, which passed
with 71% of the vote, would prevent anyone from being required to buy health
insurance or participate in a health care system. Obamacare, of course,
requires that everyone buy health insurance or pay a fine.
It’s expected that the federal government will challenge Proposition C in
court, but Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma will have similar measures on
their ballots this November.
On the national level, Rasmussen Reports’ latest survey shows 59% of likely
voters favor repeal of Obamacare, while a record 57% say the President’s
health care overhaul will be bad for the country.
The full Senate officially began debate on Elena Kagan’s nomination
to the Supreme Court yesterday. Majority Leader Harry Reid is said to be
pushing for a final confirmation vote on Thursday so that Senators can leave
Friday for their five-week summer
August 3, 2010
The Senate is scheduled to begin debate today on the nomination of
Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL),
ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to his
colleagues outlining the case against the Kagan nomination. He specifically
mentioned her efforts as a Clinton White House advisor to have the official
partial-birth abortion statement of the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists rewritten to suit the political objectives of the
Given that five Republicans have announced that they will vote for Ms.
Kagan, a filibuster of the nomination is extremely unlikely. A final vote is
expected later this week.
July 30, 2010
Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) on
Thursday filed legislation to make the provisions of the Hyde amendment
permanent and applicable to all federal agencies.
Currently, Congress must approve Hyde amendment language every year in the
Health and Human Services funding bill. The Smith/Lipinski measure would bar
federal money from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape,
incest, or life of the mother, on a permanent basis. It would also apply the
funding restrictions to all federal departments and agencies, not just the
Department of Health and Human Services.
The legislation has not yet received a bill number.
July 21, 2010
With Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) the only member to break party
lines, the Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 Tuesday to approve the nomination
of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. The full Senate is expected to hold a
confirmation vote on Ms. Kagan before the August recess.
July 20, 2010
The Senate Judiciary Committee, consisting of 12 Democrats and
seven Republicans, is expected to vote along party lines today to approve
Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A vote by the full Senate to
confirm Ms. Kagan will reportedly occur prior to the upper chamber’s August
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has sent a letter to Senators asking
them not to confirm Ms. Kagan. He wrote that her 1997 efforts to manipulate
the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ statement on
partial-birth abortion were “unethical” and “disgraceful.”
July 15, 2010
Congressmen W. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Gene Taylor (D-MS) have sent a
letter signed by 180 pro-life House Republicans and Democrats to the Senate
and House leadership asking that the current ban on abortions at military
facilities remain in place.
An amendment to the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill offered by Senator
Roland Burris (D-IL) and adopted by a Senate committee would allow abortions
to be performed at U.S. military hospitals and facilities both domestically
and abroad. The Burris amendment seeks to overturn a policy against such
abortions that has been in place since 1996.
The full Senate has not yet voted on the Defense bill containing the Burris
amendment; if passed by the Senate, the House would then have to consider
A copy of the Akin/Taylor letter is available
July 12, 2010
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the Supreme
Court nomination of Elena Kagan tomorrow, but the vote could be delayed.
Committee rules allow any member of the committee to “hold over” the vote
for one week. As yet, no such request has been made, but the possibility
exists that the Committee vote may not happen until July 20.
July 8, 2010
President Obama yesterday appointed Harvard professor Donald
Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. An advocate
of health care rationing, Dr. Berwick will now oversee the nation’s two
largest medical care programs with a budget larger than the Defense
The President claimed that the “recess appointment” of Dr. Berwick, whereby
there will be no public Senate confirmation process, was necessary because
Republicans were blocking the nomination. Republicans countered that the
Democrats never even scheduled a committee hearing for Berwick because they
did not want his statements praising health care rationing and wealth
redistribution publicized. Dr. Berwick will now be in charge of implementing
much of Obamacare at least until the end of 2011.
July 2, 2010
With the Senate now in recess for the Fourth of July, a Judiciary
Committee vote on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court will
not occur until after the upper chamber returns on July 12. The full Senate
is expected to receive the nomination later this month.
July 1, 2010
Direct questioning of Elena Kagan concluded Wednesday at the Senate
Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on her nomination to the Supreme
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), among others, asked Ms. Kagan about her role in
amending the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ 1997
statement on partial-birth abortion while a policy advisor to President Bill
Clinton (see June 30 Legislative Update). Ms. Kagan admitted that she wrote
the memo describing the original ACOG draft statement, which said
partial-birth abortion was never the only method available to terminate a
late-term baby, as a potential “disaster.” She claimed that she only meant
that it would be a disaster if ACOG’s full position, apparently as written
by her, was not included in the group’s statement. Senator Hatch responded
that he was still bothered by her actions.
Today’s Committee hearing, during which outside witnesses will testify for
or against the Kagan nomination, will not begin before 4:00 pm due to
ceremonies being held for the late Senator Robert Byrd. As of this morning,
it’s not known if the hearings will conclude tonight, tomorrow, or when the
Senate reconvenes from its Fourth of July recess on July 12
June 30, 2010
On Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan stated during Senate
Judiciary Committee hearings that she believed any law regulating or
restricting abortion is required by the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton
decisions to have a “health” exception. When asked about the Court’s 2007
decision in Gonzalez v. Carhart upholding Congress’ partial-birth abortion
statute that had no health exception, Ms. Kagan said she thought that the
Gonzalez decision applied only to laws involving partial-birth abortion and
was not binding on other types of abortion restrictions.
A new development in Ms. Kagan’s role in the decade-long federal battle over
partial-birth abortion also made news on Tuesday. Documents released by the
Clinton presidential library show that as a domestic policy advisor to
President Bill Clinton, Ms. Kagan took it upon herself to suggest to the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) what its
statement on partial-birth abortion should be. The language composed by the
then Clinton appointee was adopted by ACOG word for word.
In its draft statement on partial-birth abortion, which was submitted to the
Clinton administration prior to its release, ACOG wrote that it “could
identify no circumstances under which this procedure . . . would be the only
option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman.” In an internal
memo, Ms. Kagan wrote that such a statement “would be a disaster”
politically for the Clinton administration. She countered that ACOG should
add to its statement that partial-birth abortion “may be the best or most
appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or
preserve the health of a woman.”
ACOG added the Kagan language verbatim and then claimed that its statement
had been drafted by expert medical professionals. Courts, including the
Supreme Court, relied on the ACOG statement in striking down the first
federal partial-birth abortion ban.
Whether Senators will question Ms. Kagan on her role in this matter remains
to be seen.
Abortions at military facilities
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on
Pro-Life Activities, wrote to members of the Senate yesterday asking them to
remove the Burris amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act (S.
3454). The Burris amendment would change longstanding federal law by
allowing abortions to be performed at military hospitals and facilities both
in the U.S. and abroad.
Cardinal DiNardo reminded Senators that during the health care debate,
President Obama and Congressional leadership agreed that it is not “the task
of our federal government to directly promote and facilitate elective
abortions.” A copy of his letter is available at
June 29, 2010
Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of Elena
Kagan to the Supreme Court began yesterday with Senators and Ms. Kagan each
offering opening statements. Actual questioning of the nominee is expected
to begin today.
June 25, 2010
HR 5175 – The Disclose Act
The House voted 219-206 Thursday to pass the so-called “Disclose Act.” The
measure would, among other things, require some interest groups, including
pro-life organizations, to include the names of their top five donors in any
political ads, thereby discouraging contributions to those groups and
limiting the content of their 30- or 60-second messages. The measure also
places requirements on political advertising by corporations, but exempts
unions and a few major interest groups. House Minority Leader John Boehner
said that Democrats “want to use the majority here in the House to silence
their political opponents, pure and simple. Is there any other explanation
for this bill?"
The measure, which Democrats hope to pass in time for the November election
cycle, now goes to the Senate, where a Republican filibuster is a
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Minority Member of the Judiciary
Committee, said yesterday that he would not rule out the possibility of a
filibuster against the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. The
Kagan confirmation hearings begin Monday.
June 24, 2010
HR 5175 – the “Disclose Act”
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the “Disclose Act”
today, a bill that would discourage political ads for or against those
running for federal office. Among its requirements, the measure would demand
that groups that sponsor political advertising name in those ads their top
five donors. Democrat sponsors of the legislation have carved out exemptions
so that large organizations like the National Rifle Association, the Sierra
Club, and the AARP would not be subject to its requirements.
The National Right to Life Committee yesterday sent a letter to members of
the Senate stating its formal opposition to the nomination of Elena Kagan to
the Supreme Court. The letter, available at
Kagan’s extensive involvement in opposing the first federal partial-birth
abortion bill, her support for the cloning of human embryos for the purpose
of experimentation, and her advocacy for limitations on political speech.
Also on Wednesday, Rasmussen Reports released its latest poll on the Kagan
nomination, finding that opposition to the former Harvard Law School Dean is
increasing. Forty-two percent of American voters now oppose Kagan’s
nomination, up nine points since she was selected by President Obama; 35%
favor her confirmation.
June 22, 2010
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings
next Monday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, but
Republicans may not attend. The Committee’s ranking minority member, Senator
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said last night that 1,600 pages of material related to
Kagan’s work in the Clinton Administration is still being held by the
Clinton Presidential Library and that Committee Senators should be able to
view those documents before voting on the nomination. When asked if
Republican Senators might boycott the hearings if the documents are not
produced, Senator Sessions did not discount the possibility.
In other Kagan news, Judge Robert Bork, whose own nomination to the Supreme
Court was defeated by Democrat Senators on ideological grounds in 1987, is
scheduled to announce his opposition to President Obama’s nominee on
June 21, 2010
HR 5175 – The “Disclose Act”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi postponed last Friday’s expected vote on HR 5175,
the Democrats’ latest attempt to restrict campaign related advertising, when
a backroom deal with the National Rife Association, the Sierra Club and
other groups stirred new controversy among both the bill’s supporters and
The legislation would require that corporations and citizens’ groups,
including pro-life organizations, disclose in their political ads the names
of their top five donors. The recent experience of donors to California’s
Proposition 8 traditional marriage initiative, wherein some lost their jobs
or faced public harassment because of their contributions, illustrates how
chilling this proposed requirement could be.
The National Right to Life Committee provides a detailed analysis of the
measure in two letters to Congress available at
May 21, 2010
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan continues to meet with Senators
prior to her confirmation hearings set to begin on June 28. Pro-abortion
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) said that during her visit with Ms. Kagan, the
former Solicitor General told her that she believes abortion law to be
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote to Members
of Congress yesterday asking them to support HR 5111, a bill that would add
the abortion funding restrictions of the Hyde amendment to all of Obamacare
and which would strengthen the conscience rights of health care workers. The
measure has 91 co-sponsors.
The Bishops’ letter may be viewed at
May 12, 2010
President Obama’s nominee to succeed pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice John
Paul Stevens, current Solicitor General Elena Kagan, will begin meeting with
Senators today in advance of her confirmation hearing, the date of which has
not yet been set.
Congressmen Ask for Investigation of Obama Administration’s Actions in Kenya
Pro-life Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have written to the Inspector General of the State
Department and the Agency for International Development, along with the
Government Accountability Office, asking that the Obama administration be
investigated for possibly violating federal law in its advocacy for Kenya’s
The proposed Kenyan constitution would change that nation’s law, which
currently allows abortion only to save the life of the mother, so that
abortion would be widely legal. Federal law prohibits using taxpayer dollars
to lobby for changing abortion laws in foreign countries.
April 12, 2010
President Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal
Counsel, Dawn Johnsen, withdrew her name from consideration last Friday. Ms.
Johnsen, a former lawyer for what was then called the National Abortion
Rights Action League (NARAL), was nominated by the President in 2009 and
again in 2010, was twice approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on party
line votes, but never had enough support to be approved by the full Senate.
Among her more controversial writings was a 1989 legal brief in which she
compared denying a woman an abortion to involuntary servitude.
April 8, 2010
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said yesterday that
he would not delay the hearing of President Obama’s nominee to the 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals, Goodwin Liu. The seven Republican members of the
Judiciary Committee had requested a postponement of the hearing because Mr.
Liu, a UC Berkeley law professor who is strongly pro-abortion, had not
answered 117 questions submitted to him by committee members. Some observers
speculate that Mr. Liu’s omissions from his questionnaire may be an attempt
to conceal his prior statements and current views.
The Liu nomination hearing will now proceed on April 16.
April 7, 2010
The seven Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have written
to the Committee Chairman, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to request a delay in the
scheduled April 16 hearing on the nomination of UC Berkeley law professor
Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The request came after it
was discovered that Mr. Liu had left blank 117 questions on the standard
Senate questionnaire sent to federal bench nominees.
The Liu nomination has already generated controversy because of the
39-year-old professor’s work with the ACLU and the National Women’s Law
Center. Strongly in favor of abortion on demand, he opposed the nomination
of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.