Owen Filibuster Continues, Votes Planned for Estrada, Kuhl, Pryor
As President Bush continues to nominate far-right candidates to fill federal judgeships, Senate Republicans are adding Miguel Estrada and Carolyn Kuhl to their list of planned votes on the Senate floor this week. A vote on right-wing nominee William Pryor is also planned before the Senate begins its summer recess next week and a vote on Priscilla Owen was held today.
With a vote of 53-43, Senate Democrats continued to hold a filibuster against Owen, President Bush's nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Owen, who was renominated despite her rejection by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee last year for her consistently anti-women's rights and anti-workers' rights rulings, has been up for three cloture votes - all three have failed.
Democrats could filibuster Kuhl and Pryor as well, bringing the total number of filibusters against judicial nominees to four - compared to a total of 140 nominations approved by the Senate during Bush's term. "Democrats have stopped two of President Bush's nominees, Republicans stopped 60 - six zero - of President Clinton's," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said, as reported by the Associated Press.
Kuhl, who has been nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May despite opposition from both California senators. Pryor, a far-right extremist nominated to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, is scheduled for a floor vote after being approved by a party-line vote in committee just last week.
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"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
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The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
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"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .