WASHINGTON, January 16, 2004 ( – Following years of bickering and stall tactics by pro-abortion Senators, pro-life judge Charles Pickering has finally been installed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today.  President Bush got around the stalling tactics of the Senators who refused to allow his nomination to come up for a vote, by making a recess appointment which is valid until January 2005.

American Life League (ALL) was the first group to advocate for recess appointments.  Joseph R. Giganti, ALL’s director of media and government relations commented on the Pickering appointment saying, “Clearly the White House has realized that the militant, pro-abortion zealots in the Senate will neither listen to reason nor recognize the limit to their own power in this matter.” Guganti added, “The president has four more days to make more recess appointments. We hope he will take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that pro-life judges are appointed to the bench.” 

Gary L. Bauer, Chairman of the Campaign for Working Families commented on the move saying, “It is unfortunate that the president was forced to take such action in response to Senate radicals like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Tom Daschle, who are desperate to maintain the liberal stranglehold over our federal courts, but we are pleased to see him do so. Frankly, it was long overdue. Hopefully, today’s surprise move signals a renewed commitment by the White House to spotlight the Senate’s liberal obstructionists who are abusing Senate procedures and running roughshod over the Constitution.”


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