Alexander Statement on Nomination of Judge Hamilton

Posted on November 17, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit: “In my first speech on the Senate floor, and many times thereafter, I insisted that President Bush’s judicial nominees deserved up-or-down votes. How could I now say that President Obama’s nominees don’t deserve up-or-down votes? When it comes time for that up-or-down vote, I will oppose Judge Hamilton’s confirmation because I find some of his decisions to be extreme, including those on public prayer. Of course, any senator reserves the right, as do I, to vote to deny an up-or-down vote in truly extraordinary cases.”