Statement of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer on the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito

Besides Alito's obvious assault on women's rights, I am very concerned with his philosophy of unitary executive. This is a very dangerous exemption of the checks and balances that we have in our Constitution. Add to this the fact that this philosophy of unitary executive fits with the Christian right philosophy, and it is doubly scary.

The fact that a justice would give up this essential part of our Constitution is deeply troubling and is cause for a no vote on his nomination all by itself.

It is time, again, to denounce the right wing extremists as just that. Alito is not "on the right bank of the mainstream," as was suggested by one of his colleagues in the nomination hearings.

Please contact your Senators to urge them to vote No on Alito.

:) Mark

Mark Tomes Santa Margarita, CA

"Be the Person You Want Others To Be"

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From: "U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer" bulletinfeedback@boxer.senate.gov
Date: January 13, 2006 10:28:39 PM PST
Subject: Senator Boxer on the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito

I thought you would be interested in the following message.

Statement of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer on the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today made the following statement on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court:

“At the end of the Alito hearings, I am deeply disturbed about this nomination. It is not Judge Alito’s qualifications that concern me; clearly he is intelligent and capable. Rather, in three days of questioning, he refused to back away from some of his most controversial past statements and positions.

“When asked repeatedly about a 1985 memo in which he wrote that the Constitution does not protect the right of a women to choose, Judge Alito would not disavow that statement, and he refused to concede that Roe v. Wade is settled law. I believe these ominous statements clearly signal a hostility to women’s rights, and I worry that we will go back to the very dark days when abortion was illegal in many states.

“Judge Alito’s support for a more powerful executive branch is also troubling. In the past, he has endorsed the controversial theory of the ‘unitary executive,’ which would give the President broad powers not subject to control by Congress. In the hearings, Judge Alito would not even rule out the President invading another country, in the absence of imminent threat, without first getting congressional authorization.

“Another area that disturbs me is Judge Alito’s continued narrow reading of Congress’s authority under the Constitution to make laws that protect families. He continued to defend his opinion in the Rybar case that Congress couldn't ban machine guns, even though the Supreme Court ultimately said he was wrong, and he refused to back away from an opinion that narrowed the Family and Medical Leave Act.

“In addition to these serious substantive concerns, I remain unconvinced by Judge Alito’s answers to questions about his membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton club, an extremist group that was hostile to the inclusion of women and minorities at the University. And I am still amazed that Judge Alito did not recuse himself from the Vanguard case.”

For more information on Senator Boxer's record and other information, please go to: http://www.boxer.senate.gov


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