In my conversations with the Democratic leadership over the past two weeks, a lot of possibilities have been discussed, but nothing has been or will be final until the Senate acts, ... While some might find it convenient to describe my decision in terms they can understand, such tactics should be seen for what they are. I hope the spinning will stop so that we can all move on.
With the information and sworn testimony on the record it is clear Judge Roberts has the necessary legal experience and character to be the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, ... It also appears that Judge Roberts will use the law and the Constitution to make his judicial decisions, not his ideological or personal beliefs.
It has been my general policy while in the Senate to support the executive branch nominations made by a president, provided the individual is appropriately qualified and capable of performing the duties required of the position, ... However, while a position in the executive branch lasts only as long as the president remains in office, an appointment to the federal bench is for the life of the nominee.
The community right to know act will become the community right to know every other year act, ... This proposal would deny communities up-to-date information about local toxic releases, reduce incentives to minimize the generation of toxic waste and undermine the ability of public health agencies and researchers to identify important trends.