What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Judicial Nominations : Estrada Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia/Vote on Cloture. (2003 senate Roll Call 40)
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Estrada Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia/Vote on Cloture.
senate Roll Call 40     Mar 06, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

On this procedural vote, Republicans sought the necessary 60 votes needed to invoke cloture (a motion to limit debate and allow for Senate consideration) on Miguel Estrada, President Bush's nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch requires the "advice and consent" of the Senate on presidential nominees to insure that nominees are properly qualified for the job. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, Democrats complained that Estrada remained purposely vague when asked about his judicial philosophy regarding important areas of public policy. Additionally, the White House failed to provide the Senate with legal documents they requested authored by Estrada during his tenure as Supreme Court clerk. The secrecy surrounding Estrada's nomination is of great concern to progressives who worry that Estrada's judicial philosophy and political views are extremely conservative. On this vote, progressives opposed the motion to limit debate--a motion requiring a 60-vote majority for passage--and were successful by a count of 55-42 as Republicans attracted only 55 of the necessary 60 votes needed to invoke cloture.

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