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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 20, 2008

President Bush Pleased by Confirmation of Justice Steven Agee

Today, Members of the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Justice Steven Agee to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  I appreciate their work on his nomination.  Justice Agee is a man of integrity who is respected for his sound legal judgment and commitment to equal justice for all Americans.  His work on the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia Court of Appeals demonstrates that his rulings are based on the letter of the law.   I am confident that he will serve on the Fourth Circuit with the same level of dedication and professionalism.     After I nominated Justice Agee on March 13, 2008, he received a hearing and a confirmation vote in less than three months.  Unfortunately, many of my other judicial nominees have not received a timely confirmation process and their nominations have been pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee for significantly longer. 

Since the beginning of the 110th Congress, the Senate has only confirmed eight Circuit Court nominees.  In the last two years of the past three Administrations, the Senate has confirmed an average of 17 Circuit Court judges.  I encourage the Senate to provide all judicial nominees with a swift and fair confirmation process. 

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