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 56)
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Estrada Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia/Vote on Cloture.
senate Roll Call 56     Mar 18, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Bush had established something of a pattern of submitting conservative nominees to the Senate for the required constitutional approval. It was generally believed that Miguel Estrada, Bush's nominee to the powerful D.C. Court of Appeals, fit this mould. But Estrada had never held a judicial position so he had no record of legal opinions, and his answers to the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings were vague. The only existing record of his views was a series of legal memos he wrote while working for the White House, but the administration refused to hand them over. In the Senate, debate continues until at least 60 Senators vote for "cloture," which limits debate and schedules a time for a final vote. Progressives and Democrats generally used this cloture vote as a way to obstruct the Estrada nomination until they received the documents they asked for. They voted "no" on this cloture motion every time it was raised. The cloture vote at issue here was no different: it fell five votes short of the 60 needed, 55-45. Republicans could not bring the nomination to a vote, so the process was stalled.

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