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   Daschle, Senate Democrats Take Stand on Judges

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3/26/2004 12:00 am

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Associated Press

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Entered 3/26/2004, Updated 3/26/2004

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Daschle, Senate Democrats Take Stand on Judges The Honolulu Advertiser Senate Democrats on Friday threatened to stop all of President Bush's judicial nominees until the White House agrees not to appoint any more judges while Congress is out of town. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota said Democrats had decided to block all judicial nominees on the Senate floor until "the White House gives us the assurance that they will no longer abuse the process." Democrats have been upset that Bush gave temporary federal appellate judgeships to Mississippi judge Charles Pickering and Alabama Attorney General William Pryor while the Senate was out of town. Democratic senators had been blocking the two from getting confirmation votes for lifetime judgeships. "The president's use of recess appointments to circumvent the advise and consent process puts a finger in the eye of the Constitution," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY.


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