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2005-10-19 17:10:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Earlier this year, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers argued for an asbestos compensation fund favored by leaders of the Senate committee that will soon hold her confirmation hearing. In speeches on several occasions, Miers, the White House counsel, advocated legal reform policies championed by President Bush, including curbs to asbestos injury lawsuits. "We are grateful that Senator (Arlen) Specter has taken this (asbestos) issue up and is helping...

2005-10-19 14:08:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers was asked by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to clarify some of the answers she provided this week in a questionnaire their panel sent to her. At a news conference, Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ranking Democrat, described many of her written responses as "incomplete" and "insufficient." "Please prepare a supplement to your...

2005-10-03 16:45:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee have asked senators to prepare amendments in case legislation to create a $140 billion asbestos compensation fund is brought up for a vote this month. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, sent letters to senators last week asking them to notify the bill's sponsors as soon as possible of any amendments they intended to offer. "We write to alert you on the...

2005-09-21 10:57:24

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate leaders warned President George W. Bush on Wednesday his next Supreme Court nominee will likely face a far more contentious confirmation battle than conservative John Roberts, who is poised to become U.S. chief justice. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, emerged from a White House meeting to say he had advised the president to hold off on making his second nomination for the court in order to...

2005-09-18 12:49:11

By Philip Barbara WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A key Republican predicted on Sunday that John Roberts will be approved as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court when the full U.S. Senate votes on his nomination by Thursday, September 29. Asked if he agreed with those who say Roberts will be confirmed, Sen. Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania and the powerful chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee said: "I wouldn't dispute that." "I believe the vote will come during the week...

2005-09-14 13:36:23

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice nominee John Roberts said on Wednesday that if confirmed by the Senate he would seek consensus on the often bitterly divided Supreme Court and clear rulings to help guide lower courts. Undergoing questioning for a second day by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Roberts appeared headed toward confirmation by the full Republican-led Senate to replace William Rehnquist and become the nation's 17th chief justice. Without...

2005-09-08 21:15:46

By Ellen Wulfhorst RANGELEY, Maine (Reuters) - The scruffy loon chick let out an unpracticed version of the water bird's famed call as researchers tested it for mercury from its native northern New England, home to one of America's highest known concentrations of the dangerous toxin. Measurements from the baby bird, and hundreds of other loons, lie at the heart of a battle over mercury emissions and controls in Congress. Led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, a group of...

2005-09-08 14:02:03

By Ellen Wulfhorst RANGELEY, Maine (Reuters) - The scruffy loon chick let out an unpracticed version of the water bird's famed call as researchers tested it for mercury from its native northern New England, home to one of America's highest known concentrations of the dangerous toxin. Measurements from the baby bird, and hundreds of other loons, lie at the heart of a battle over mercury emissions and controls in Congress. Led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, a group of...

2005-09-08 14:00:00

RANGELEY, Maine -- The scruffy loon chick let out an unpracticed version of the water bird's famed call as researchers tested it for mercury from its native northern New England, home to one of America's highest known concentrations of the dangerous toxin. Measurements from the baby bird, and hundreds of other loons, lie at the heart of a battle over mercury emissions and controls in Congress. Led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, a group of senators want to try a rarely used...

2005-09-08 13:39:38

By Ellen Wulfhorst RANGELEY, Maine (Reuters) - The scruffy loon chick let out an unpracticed version of the water bird's famed call as researchers tested it for mercury from its native northern New England, home to one of America's highest known concentrations of the dangerous toxin. Measurements from the baby bird, and hundreds of other loons, lie at the heart of a battle over mercury emissions and controls in Congress. Led by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, a group of...


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