By Ramsey Cox
The Senate voted 50-43 to confirm Pamela Harris to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit on Monday.
Harris is a professor at the Georgetown University Law School.
“It’s as if there were two entirely distinct nominees vying for the same nomination,” Grassley said. “The post-nominations statements are strikingly different than her pre-nomination views.
“From this nominee’s past commentary we know she’s a liberal. … Is there any doubt that this nominee views the courts as a third political branch?”
Grassley also said that Democrats wanted to “fast-track” this particular nominee because the Fourth Circuit hears cases on federal laws, such as ObamaCare.
“Professor Harris is a rock solid vote for protecting the ObamaCare subsidy,” Grassley said Monday.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) defended Harris’ nomination, saying she’s “an extraordinarily talented person” who is highly qualified for the position.
The Senate confirmed several other nominations by voice-vote. A list follows:
- Joseph Mohorovic to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Elliot Kaye to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Brian McKeon to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of the Department of Defense.