Senators Cornyn, Hutchison Continue Needless Obstruction of Justice
(AUSTIN) – Texas Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison continued their needless obstruction of justice yesterday by voting to filibuster a roll call vote to allow Andrew David Hurwitz, nominated to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, an up or down vote for confirmation. Despite the Senators needless obstruction of justice, Hurwitz got the votes he needed to proceed.
“Senators Cornyn & Hutchison broke their word when they voted to filibuster, continuing their needless obstruction of justice,” said Matt Glazer, Executive Director of Progress Texas. “Partisan politics shouldn’t put our courts in crisis, and our Senators’ principles shouldn’t change based on who is in the White House. Cornyn and Hutchison should stand by their own principles or admit to Texans they have none.”
In 2005, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said:
“Requiring a 60-vote threshold to proceed to confirmation is not the Senate's practice.”
In 2008, Senator John Cornyn said:
"An up-or-down vote is a matter of fundamental fairness, and it is the Senate’s constitutional duty to act on each nomination. It is also critically important to our judicial system and the proper functioning of our federal government to fill these positions."
To learn more about how Senators Cornyn and Hutchison have obstructed justice by delaying judicial nominations, you can read the following from our website: