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Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

July 22, 2005

Dear Friends,

This week President Bush nominated John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fulfill Sandra Day O'Connor's vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Bush has given us an outstanding nominee. John Roberts is a distinguished and experienced jurist. I look forward to considering his nomination deliberatively, fairly and expeditiously. I will not apply any kind of litmus test for Judge Roberts, and I expect this body to treat him with respect and dignity during the confirmation process.


Every judge nominated by this president - or any president - deserves an up or down vote, one way or another. It is the responsibility of the Senate. It is the direction of the Constitution. I am hopeful my Senate colleagues will share my goal of confirming Judge Roberts before the new Supreme Court term begins in October.

This week, the Senate debated and passed H.R.3057, the FY06 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The $31.8 million bill funds a broad array of U.S. foreign operations, security and human rights initiatives. It also includes $3 billion for President Bush's initiative to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria.

The Senate also began debate on S.1042, the FY06 Defense Authorization bill.

Senator Chambliss and I also announced a number of grants this week, including funds for the cities of Macon and Valdosta to meet housing needs and expand economic opportunities for low-income families.        

What's on Tap for Next Week?

Next week, the Senate will continue debate on the FY06 Defense Authorization bill and will begin consideration of gun liability legislation.

Johnny Isakson