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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today honored Judge Stephen Breyer on the Senate floor following his announcement that he will retire at the end of this term on the Supreme Court.

“In his nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Breyer has… ensured that the law is a force for good, a force for unity, and a force for freedom and equality” , Durbin said. “Justice Breyer’s record when he came to the Supreme Court was nothing short of impressive. From suffrage to women’s reproductive freedom, from criminal justice to consumer protection, from campaign finance to immigration, Justice Breyer’s voice has been powerful, pragmatic, thoughtful and enduring, whether in the majority or dissent… During his 28 years on the Court, Stephen Breyer was a staunch defender of America’s constitutional rights. »

During his speech, Durbin also touched on the upcoming confirmation process at the Senate Judiciary Committee once President Biden names Justice Breyer’s successor.

“Soon President Biden will announce his selection for Justice Breyer’s successor to the Supreme Court – big shoes to fill. But I have no doubt that President Biden will choose a jurist who resembles Justice Breyer in intellect, ability and dedication to public service. With his retirement, we have the opportunity to confirm another exceptional judge, one who will indeed defend the liberties and liberties that are so dear to us. A person who will also remain loyal to the rule of law and who will approach his work on the Court with the same thoughtful dedication that Judge Breyer demonstrates,” Durbin said. “We don’t know who the nominee will be yet, but here’s what we do know. Regardless of the nominee, we will undertake a process within the Senate Judiciary Committee that will be both fair and timely. This process will give senators the opportunity to review and question the nominee thoroughly while ensuring that the nominee is treated with respect and receives a prompt confirmation vote. We owe it not just to this candidate, but to the American people. »

Durbin concluded, “I want to personally thank Judge Breyer not as a member of the Senate, but as an American citizen first for his thoughtfulness, his spirit of collegiality and the search for consensus, and for having always worked to advance the constitutional guarantees of fairness and liberty.”

Video of Durbin’s speech is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s speech is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s floor speech is available here for TV channels.


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