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Senate Democrats balk at renomination of Myers to 9th Circuit

[JURIST] Senate Democrats voiced their displeasure Tuesday over President Bush's renomination of Department of the Interior Solicitor William Myers [DOJ biography] to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats see the move as evidence that the Bush administration is not willing to compromise, and that the President persists on nominating the most extreme candidates to the federal bench. In a statement at today's latest confirmation hearing for Myers before the Senate Judiciary Committee, ranking Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) [official website] called Myers "perhaps the most anti-environmental judicial nominee sent to the Senate in my 30 years in representing Vermont in the US. Senate". Last year Democrats successfully blocked Myers' nomination. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter [official website] said that he chose Myers as the first re-advanced nominee to consider because he believes he can get Democrats to vote for Myers. AP has more.

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