Remarks by Senator John Kerry on His Opposition to Judge Roberts’ Nomination for Chief Justice

Earlier I posted that John Kerry will vote NO on John Roberts nomination for Supreme Court Chief Justice. Below are Senator John Kerry’s full, prepared remarks on the floor of the Senate today on the upcoming vote on Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States: Mr. President, we all know that there are few things the Senate does which are as important as confirming a Supreme Court Justice, let alone the Chief Justice of the United States. We know that making the decision to support or oppose a nominee is serious and complicated. We don’t need to belabor those points. What we do need to talk about is what kind of process must occur before a … Continue reading

John Kerry Opposes Roberts’ Nomination for Chief Justice

Breaking news: John Kerry Opposes Roberts’ Nomination for Chief Justice Below is a statement by Senator John Kerry on the upcoming vote on Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the United States: “I can’t in good conscience vote to confirm Judge Roberts to a lifetime leading our third and co-equal branch of government when his confirmation hearings contained no genuine legal engagement, no real exchange of information, and no substantive discussion. The confirmation exercise has become little more than an empty shell. I cannot vote to confirm someone to lead the very branch of government responsible for ensuring equal opportunity and justice when he refuses to say where he stands on things as fundamental as how he would … Continue reading

C-Span Alert – John Kerry to Speak on John Roberts

John Kerry will be speaking soon on C-Span 2 regarding the nomination of John Roberts for Supreme Court Chief Justice. Watch live stream here: C-Span 2 Senator Kennedy is speaking now… “I urge my fellow Senators to vote no.” Live Blogging — John Kerry: “The confirmation excercise has become now nothing more than an empty shell.” “We were Judge Roberts’ clients when he worked in the Solicitor Generals office.” On Roberts refusing to answer questions — “What principles do you bring to the job…” “Not withstanding his impressive legal resume… I can’t say that I know what kind of Justice will he be…” “I have a duty to protect the fundamental rights our constitution protects…”

Statements from John Kerry on Monday's Field Hearing on Small Businesses and Military Reservists

The first and best definition of patriotism is keeping faith with those who wear our uniform. That means giving our troops the resources they need to keep safe while they’re keeping us safe. And it means supporting our troops at home as well as abroad. The recent tragedy of Hurricane Katrina reminds us of the important role reservists serve. Continue reading

John Kerry on ANWR: The Republican Party is Mortgaging America’s Future

In four years they have run the government into massive, historic debt. Record surpluses are now record deficits. And now, today, they’re selling off America’s national lands to the highest bidder. It will start with Arctic Refuge, but it won’t stop there. Piece-by-piece, false claim-by-false claim, national resources and natural treasurers will go on the auction block. It will be a fire sale. Continue reading

Arctic Refuge Action Day Sept. 20, 2005

Here’s two more photos from today’s Arctic Refuge Action Day in Washington. Click on the photos for a high resolution full page photos (the lower righthand corner of each photo has a button to resize the photos). Enjoy! Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. addresses the crowd at Arctic Refuge Action Day, which brought thousands of citizen activists from more than 30 states to Washington D.C., Tues., Sept. 20, 2005 to protest plans to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Following the rally hundreds of citizen-lobbyists visited their members of Congress on Capitol Hill to call for continued protection for the Arctic Refuge. Congress is expected to vote on Arctic Refuge drilling later this fall as part of a … Continue reading