Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REVIEWS MYERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning on the nomination of William G. Myers to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Idaho Senator Larry Craig introduced Myers to the Committee.

“I have worked with Bill Myers for a number of years and have been impressed with his professionalism, integrity, and ability. He knows and respects the law and will not legislate from the bench – a lesson many sitting judges should heed,” Craig continued. “Bill Myers is a strong, qualified nominee who will help bring balance to a very out-of-balance court.”

Myers has received support of Republicans and Democrats alike who have worked with him over the years. Key Democrats include former Secretary of the Interior and Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus and former Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan.

“Myers enjoys a strong base of support from those who know him. In addition, he received a qualified rating from the ABA and was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Solicitor at the Department of the Interior,” Craig continued.

Myers was renominated to the post by President Bush on February 14, 2004. He was first nominated by President Bush on May 15, 2003 and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 1, 2004. His nomination was filibustered by Senate Democrats. While he received a majority vote for confirmation, 53, he failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome the filibuster.

Once the 108th Congress adjourned sine die last winter, all nominees not confirmed have to be renominated if the President wants them to be considered again.

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