19 Jul 2005 Congressional Action: Kennedy’s View
On July 19, Senator Ted Kennedy delivered a speech outlining his view of the Judicial nomination process. An excerpt:
It is a fundamental part of our system of checks and balances that the power to appoint judges, especially Justices of the Supreme Court, is shared by the President and Senators from all fifty States, so that the Nation’s diverse interests can be represented in this important choice.The Founders believed that the whole Senate and the President together would do the best job of confirming independent Supreme Court justices, who would be above politics, and not beholden to any politician or political party. They wanted an independent, impartial Supreme Court that would give everyone a fair hearing, rather than favoring powerful corporations or special interests with political clout.
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