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Agee confirmation by Memorial Day?

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday unanimously reported to the full Senate the nomination of Virginia Supreme Court Justice Steven Agee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) proclaimed, “The Senate is now poised to confirm Agee before the Memorial Day recess, breaking through years of delay….”

Leahy did not stop there. Possibly feeling the heat from recent, mostly-partisan criticism about delays in consideration of President Bush’s nominees, Leahy went on at length in a news release and statement to explain his view of the long and contentious federal bench battles, harking back to the days when North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms blocked President Clinton’s 4th Circuit nominees.

“The efforts and years wasted on President Bush’s controversial nominations followed in the wake of the Republican Senate majority’s refusal to consider any of President Clinton’s Fourth Circuit nominees,” Leahy said.

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