Archive for September, 2005

Help Renew Violence Against Women Act

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

I believe that ending violence against women is truly a shared goal — one that is held by Democrats and Republicans, one that is upheld by men and women, and one that is desired by both government and by the private sector.

Judge Roberts: Why I Voted No

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Today, I voted against confirming Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court and I think it’s important to share why.

Though it was a difficult decision, and I hope he proves me wrong, I have serious doubts that Judge Roberts will fall into the category of the justices from Chief Justice Marshall to Souter, Kennedy, Ginsburg, and O’Connor, who look at the Constitution, quoting Marshall, as “a Constitution … intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs.”

Roberts Hearings: Day 4

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its questioning of Judge John Roberts, nominee to be Chief Justice of the United States. Judge Roberts was followed by about 30 outside witnesses who testified for and against the nomination.

Roberts Hearings: Day 3

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee resumed its questioning of Judge John Roberts, nominee to be Chief Justice of the United States. Senator Joe Biden continued to press Judge Roberts about his commitment to a Constitutional right of privacy. Judge Roberts had testified only that he accepts the right as does every other member of the Supreme Court “to some extent.”

For Success in Iraq, Change Course

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

An Op-Ed from Senator Biden appears in the Washington Post today calling on the Bush Administration to fundamentally change course in Iraq to salvage the situation.

Roberts Hearings: Day 2

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began questioning of Judge John Roberts, nominee to be Chief Justice of the United States. Senator Joe Biden picked up where he left off with his opening statement on Monday, noting that the confirmation hearings are the “democratic moment” in which Judge Roberts must tell the American people where he stands on the key constitutional issues.

“The answers may be misleading but they are his answers”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Today Senator Biden questioned Judge Roberts on a number of constitutional issues. has been live-blogging the event and has great summaries of the exchange.

Roberts Confirmation Hearings

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts began today. Below is an excerpt from Senator Biden’s opening statement:

Senator Biden on Hurricane Katrina

Friday, September 9th, 2005

An .mp3 file of Senator Biden speaking on the floor of the Senate yesterday is now available.

Senator Biden on Terrorism

Friday, September 9th, 2005

On Tuesday, Senator Biden spoke at the New America Foundation’s conference, “Terrorism, Security and America’s Purpose.”

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