For Immediate Release
March 5, 2003
Press Briefing Excerpt by Ari Fleischer 01/30/03
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Q Ari, a second question having to do with Miguel Estrada. You said
today he was approved by a partisan vote in the Judiciary Committee.
That will go to the floor of the Senate. There, I imagine some
Democrats will also try to block his approval. Is the President working
on that nomination? I think it's the first one to be passed this year,
if I'm not mistaken, by the Judiciary Committee.
MR. FLEISCHER: Well, according to the information I have, it has
never happened in the history of the Senate for a circuit court nominee
being passed out of committee to be blocked on the floor through a
filibuster. So the committee has spoken. Progress is being made. The
logjam in the Senate is now breaking. And the President looks at the
vote on John Snow in the Finance Committee today, and the vote on
Miguel Estrada in the Judiciary Committee today as signs of progress,
based on the last election where the American people said, work
together and get things done. And that's why the President welcomed the
action today, and he hopes that both votes will move to the floor. The
American people are entitled to have an Executive Branch and a
Judiciary Branch filled in, not left blank and vacant.