Monday, July 13, 2009

Senate Judiciary Committee

As the conformation hearings of (more than likely) the next SCOTUS judge are front and center in the news for the next couple of days...I can't help but question what the members of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary did to qualify them to hold that position.

Are they Constitutional scholars? Cause they damn well should be...

"The Judiciary Committee is charged with conducting hearings prior to the Senate votes on whether to confirm or not confirm prospective federal judges (including Supreme Court justices) nominated by the president. In recent years, this role has made the committee increasingly a point of contention, with numerous party-line votes and standoffs over which judges should be approved. The committee also has a broad jurisdiction over matters relating to federal criminal law. Additionally, it is Senate procedure that all proposed Constitutional Amendments pass through the Judiciary Committee."

But no, as I look through their bios...many aren't even lawyers and some simply possess BS BA's with no more qualification than I would have to be on the committee. AND then I read that STUART SMALLEY WILL BE ON THIS COMMITTEE!!!!

I can't find anywhere that sets the guidelines for these Senate appointments to the various committees --can someone help me out there?

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