Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are continuing to hold-up proceedings in an effort to further their radical court-packing agenda. Today, Republican members of the committee have once again invoked the so-called “Two Hour Rule” to halt important hearings on the Federal Judgeship Act of 2008. Their goal: to force Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and his colleagues to advance President Bush’s most controversial circuit court nominees.
In a statement released today by Sen. Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee said that “it would appear to an objective observer that Republicans believe they were elected to the United States Senate to thwart the oversight and legislative efforts of this body. This now all too familiar pattern is childish and serves no good purpose.”
While Senate Republicans accuse their Democratic colleagues of playing partisan games on judges, it appears that it is the Republicans who are trying to push an election-year row on the issue. As Sen. Leahy said in his statement, “Instead of turning their attention to issues affecting the daily lives of the people who have sent them to Washington, [committee Republicans] appear more interested in embroiling this chamber in petty, partisan politics.”