Harry Reid reads the Arkansas Times; notes Tom Cotton criticism | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Harry Reid reads the Arkansas Times; notes Tom Cotton criticism

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 11:27 AM

click to enlarge CQ ROLL CALL
  • CQ Roll CAll
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid quoted the Arkansas Times  in a floor speech objecting to Sen. Tom Cotton's obstruction of nominations to the federal court of claims, an action that CQ Roll Call has noted has interesting links to the interests of a conservative law firm for which Cotton worked and which has given him campaign cash.

All the more reason, I guess, for Arkansas's junior senator and his staff to continue to refuse to talk to one of the most widely read print outlets in Arkansas. He tends to avoid critics.

Reid put his floor remarks in a news release on a variety of Republican obstructionist tactics, which is just about all Cotton has become known for.

So far this Congress, Republicans have confirmed only 5 judges. By this same point in the last Congress of George W. Bush’s presidency, under my leadership, the Senate had confirmed 25 judges. Republicans are being outpaced 5-to-1. And there are real repercussions when Republicans refuse to act. If there aren’t enough judges to hear the cases that are piling up, a vacant judgeship is declared a judicial emergency. At the beginning of the year, there were only 12 judicial emergencies that deserved priority attention. Yet in the mere 7 months of this Republican-controlled Senate, that number has doubled, and is on its way to tripling. As of today, there are 28 judicial emergencies – including four judges currently pending on the floor.

....

We saw it on display last week when the junior Senator from Delaware came to the floor and asked consent to confirm five consensus judges to the Court of Federal Claims. It was not a bizarre request. After all, the Judiciary Committee favorably reported these 5 nominees twice – last year under Democrats, and again this year under Republicans. But the junior Senator from Arkansas, a Republican, objected to that request. His reasoning? The Court of Federal Claims doesn’t need those judges.

Perhaps the junior Senator from Arkansas should ask the Chief Judge of the Court of Federal Claims if his Court does not need new judges. The Chief Judge has pleaded for the immediate filling of those 5 vacancies, since they are creating a caseload problem for the Court. But the freshman Senator from Arkansas had his mind made up, and blocked every attempt to confirm even a single judge. One of his home state newspapers, the Arkansas Times headlined its report of the incident: “Tom Cotton Continues his Obstruction Ways.”

Yesterday the Washington press took notice that blocking these judges coincidentally lined up with the interests a powerful conservative law firm that is currently representing clients before the court. A Roll Call headline says: “Cotton Blocks Judges on Court Familiar to His Former Law Firm.” I don’t mean to single out the Senator from Arkansas. After all, he’s just following the Republican leader’s example.


Tom Cotton describes himself as a young man in a hurry. Just not to get anything done in Congress that doesn't suit him.

PS — Document obtained by Judging the Environment indicates Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Judiciary Committee were satisfied that caseload required filling vacancies.


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arming teachers: An insurance complication

    Gun lovers in the Arkansas legislature are spoiling to put more guns in classrooms at the earliest opportunity. Today, the Washington Post reports a complication — from insurance companies.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Razorbacks plan a return to real grass in 2019

    I don't know why the news of a return to real grass at Razorback stadium seemed like such good news to me. Old fogey, I guess.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Crowds increase at RiverFest day 2

    Crowds grew on day two of RiverFest, the privately re-imagined version of the old Memorial Day weekend Little Rock music festival.
    • May 27, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Use of solar on the rise in Arkansas

    With a pivotal ruling expected any day now from the Public Service Commission, Kyle Massey at Arkansas Business reports on the increase in Arkansans adding solar generation units on their homes and business.
    • Apr 13, 2018
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation