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Senate Demonstrates Pattern of Sexism and Racism

The Congressional Black Caucus has charged the Republican-controlled US Senate of demonstrating racist and sexist tendencies in confirming judicial appointments. Since November 1999, the Senate has confirmed 42 percent of President Clinton’s white nominees but less than 18 percent of his black nominees. Senators also take approximately two months longer to consider each black nominee when compared to white nominees and 65 days longer to consider women compared to men. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has rejected the charge that race plays any role in the confirmation of judicial nominees.

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Washington Post - 20 July 2000