December 7, 2010
President Obama Renominates Tax Court Judge Maurice FoleyBlog of the Legal Times, Obama Nominates Tax Judge for Another Term:
President Barack Obama has made his second nomination to the U.S. Tax Court, putting forward one of the court's sitting judges for another 15-year term. Judge Maurice Foley has been on the court since 1995, after he was appointed by President Bill Clinton. ...
Foley’s term ended in April of this year, but federal law has allowed him to continue hearing cases while on “recall.” The same is true for another of the court’s members, Judge Juan Vasquez, whose term also ended in April. Obama nominated Vasquez to a second term in August, and that nomination is pending in the Finance Committee. Three other seats on the Tax Court are vacant with no nominees yet.
Judge Foley is the first African-American to serve on the Tax Court.
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Could someone please explain the point to me of nominating any judge 1 week into December at the close of a Congress when the nomination will "expire" with the end of that Congress? Why not just wait until January so the President doesn't have to renominate again.
This is especially so in a lame duck session that has a bigger fish to fry tax-wise (what to do about the Bush tax cuts) and a budget to pass to continue government operations.
Regardless of what one might think about Judge Foley's fitness or lack there of to be reappointed, this just proves how stupid and clueless the administration is.
Is it too late to change my vote from 2008 (primary and general)???
Posted by: tax guy | Dec 7, 2010 10:24:01 AM