Pelosi: House Bill Restores Constitutional Checks and Balances in Appointment of Interim U.S. Attorneys

March 26, 2007
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on H.R. 580, Restoring Checks and Balances in the Confirmation Process of U.S. Attorneys, which passed by a vote of 329 to 78:

'This legislation restores Constitutional checks and balances in the appointment process of interim U.S. Attorneys.  It removes a loophole inserted by the prior Republican Congress that permits the indefinite appointment of interim U.S. Attorneys without Senate confirmation.

'Recent evidence indicates that the Bush Administration - contrary to public and private assurances - exploited this loophole to fire a respected U.S. Attorney in order to appoint a protégé of Karl Rove without confirmation.

'Congress must now find out what happened with the unprecedented mid-term firings of U.S. Attorneys for ostensibly political purposes.  This legislation is a small step toward restoring confidence and independence in the administration of justice.'