Enrolled SJR 33: Urging our United States Senators to work to allow a timely vote on the floor on all judicial nominations.
00Enrolled SJR 33 01 Urging our United States Senators to work to allow a timely vote on the floor on all judicial 02 nominations. 03 _______________ 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS art. II, sec. 2, of the United States Constitution states that the President 06 "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint 07 Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other 08 Officers of the United States"; and 09 WHEREAS the Administrative Office of the United States Courts has classified 24 10 judgeships as "judicial emergencies"; and 11 WHEREAS 46 of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees are pending before 12 the United States Senate; and 13 WHEREAS 50 percent of President Bush's Court of Appeals nominations have been 14 to fill seats classified as judicial emergencies; and 15 WHEREAS 54 percent of President Bush's District Court nominations have been to 16 fill seats classified as judicial emergencies; and 17 WHEREAS a minority of senators have used dilatory tactics to prevent a Senate floor
01 vote on six of President Bush's judicial nominees, all of whom were reported favorably by the 02 Committee on the Judiciary; and 03 WHEREAS each of President Bush's judicial nominees reported favorably by the 04 Committee on the Judiciary enjoys the support of a majority of the United States Senate, as 05 required by the United States Constitution; 06 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges our United States 07 Senators to work to allow a timely vote on the floor of the United States Senate on all judicial 08 nominations. 09 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 10 of the United States; the Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice-President of the United States 11 and President of the U.S. Senate; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Lisa 12 Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of 13 the Alaska delegation in Congress.