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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, plans to oppose one of President Trump, the nominees for the 5. Circuit Court of Appeals because of concerns about its record on religious freedom.
Politico reported on Thursday that Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has notified the White house and the colleagues of its opposition to U.S. District Court judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden, of Mississippi.
The New Orleans-based 5. Circuit hears cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“For a lifetime appointment to the court of appeals, I think we should be told to look for someone with a strong, proven, as a constitutional lawyer,” Cruz Politico. “I have significant concerns that a judge Ozerden is the court records that he met this standard. For this reason, I don’t think he should be on the court of appeals, and I’m against his nomination.”
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As a district court judge, Ozerden sided with the Obama administration in 2012 when he dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the mandate for contraception coverage by Catholic diocese of Biloxi, Miss. He is managing the amendment to the Directive has not been ruled on, so that you need judicial review, according to The Washington Times.
The decision has given some Republicans pause. Ozerden the support of the conservative judicial groups, with Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the judicial crisis Network, said that in the past year, “we can do better, as a judge Ozerden is missing.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. has said that he will be nominated for President Trump, for the 5. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
“If you look at my record on the whole, you will see that I am committed to the principles of textualism and according to the law and according to the Constitution,” judge Ozerden said in response to criticism that he is not conservative enough.
Liberal groups also have the Problem with taken Ozerden, accusing him of being hostile to the rights of the workers, the paper reported.
The Senate judiciary Committee has a hearing for his nomination but the vote.
“I’m a Yes),” said Senate judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said He Ozerden earned a vote, but was unsure of whether or not it is favorable.
The judge, of the nomination with the support of Mississippi’s two Republican senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker.
The White house and Sen. majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a declined to comment to Politico on the matter. More than 150 judges nominated to the Bank and confirmed by trump, since the assumption of office.
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