May 12, 2000

Democratic Leaders Urge Bush to Speak Out for Enrique Moreno

DNC Leaders Criticize Efforts by Texas Senators to Block Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Democratic National Committee (DNC) leaders urged George W. Bush to voice his support for the nomination of Enrique Moreno, a Hispanic lawyer from Texas. DNC leaders today also expressed outrage with efforts by Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) to block his nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Enrique Moreno deserves fair and equal treatment," said DNC General Co-Chair Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA). "If George W. Bush is truly concerned about treating Hispanics fairly, he should call on his fellow Texans in the Senate to give Enrique Moreno a hearing and a vote in committee. As was the case with Judge Paez and Berzon, there is no reason for the Senate to delay his nomination."

A graduate of Harvard Law School and son of Mexican American immigrants, Enrique Moreno has been endorsed by the American Bar Association, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

"The Republican-controlled Senate has a deplorable track record with regard to Hispanic and minority judicial nominees," said DNC Vice Chair and Los Angeles Supervisor Gloria Molina. "There is no question that Enrique Moreno has excellent academic credentials and the endorsement from his peers."

Molina added, "Unfortunately, Republican Senators have once again chosen to play politics with judicial nominees. In doing so, Senators Gramm and Hutchinson have exacerbated the vacancy crisis on the Fifth Circuit. The Republican Party is out of touch with the needs of our judicial system."

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