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Senate Confirms Janice Rogers Brown to DC Circuit

On a vote of 56 to 43, the US Senate today confirmed Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Brown, one of the most right-wing and controversial of Bushs judicial nominees, was blocked by Democratic filibuster in Bushs first term and re-nominated in February. Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote to confirm Brown. Not a single Republican crossed party lines to vote against Brown.

Often the lone dissenting vote on the California Supreme Court, Rogers Brown is a supporter of the constitution in exile, questioning the constitutionality of Social Security and most New Deal programs to regulate big business. Browns extreme positions were repeatedly stressed by Democrats in todays debate on her nomination.

The Feminist Majority joined a wide coalition of groups in opposing Browns nomination, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, the National Bar Association, womens rights groups, civil rights groups and seniors rights groups. Brown will now sit to the DC Circuit Court of Appeal, considered second only to the US Supreme Court in power. Three sitting Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Thomas and Ginsburg sat on the DC Circuit.

Following the vote on Brown, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) immediately moved to a cloture vote on the nomination of William Pryor, another of Bushs extreme right-wing nominees, who was guaranteed an up or down vote in the recent agreement signed by seven Democrats and seven Republicans. The Senate voted to end debate by a vote of 67-32.

Media Resources: Feminist Majority