June 23, 2021

Durbin Gives Opening Remarks in Judiciary Committee Hearing for Judicial & Executive Nominees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during the nominations hearing for Gustavo A. Gelpi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit; Angel Kelley, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; Christine P. O’Hearn, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; Helaine Ann Greenfeld, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs; and Christopher H. Schroeder, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel.

Key quotes:

“We have five outstanding nominees before us.  Senator Ossoff has already introduced two—Judge Gelpi and Christopher Schroeder.  The Committee will also hear from Judge Angel Kelley, nominated to the District of Massachusetts, and Christine O’Hearn, [nominated] to the District of New Jersey.”

“From her time as Chief Nominations Counsel to Senator Leahy to her work as Chief Counsel to Senator Hirono, Ms. Greenfeld has been a widely respected staff member, a wonderful colleague, and a mentor to so many people.  She has now been given what some might consider a tough assignment—responding to requests from this Committee.  We know, though, that she is up to it.  And that she will serve the Justice Department in the way she served this Committee—with professionalism, integrity, and dedication.”

Video of Durbin’s opening statement is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s opening statement is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s opening statement is available here for TV Stations. 

 

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