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S10596 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE July 31, 2003 Captain Berthold is the son of retired military career comes to an end. And I cessful. The Republican leadership was USAR, Brigadier General Julius L. congratulate him on his retirement. nonetheless insistent on diverting Berthold. I am pleased to say he at- f hours from debate on the Energy bill in tended the University of Louisville as order to create partisan talking points. an NROTC Midshipman and graduated NOMINATION OF CAROLYN KUHL This is another example of how this ad- in 1978. Upon graduation he was com- Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, the Re- ministration and its aides here in the missioned as an Ensign in the U.S. publican leadership’s actions this week Senate are seeking to use judicial Navy, and shortly after completing were an attempt to create the impres- nominations for partisan purposes. Surface Warfare Officer School he re- sion that Senate Democrats are stall- That is most unfortunate. ported to his first assignment on board ing judicial nominations. Rather than Republican partisans have changed the USS O’Bannon, DD 987, serving work with us to confirm the five con- the practices and rules of the Senate first as Auxiliary Officer and then as sensus judicial nominations that have that have helped over time to encour- the Main Propulsion Assistant. been before the Senate and available age the White House to work with Captain Berthold began his extensive for action all week, the Republican home-State Senators and to consult study in aircraft carrier design in 1982, leadership has chosen to schedule clo- with both sides of the aisle in the Sen- when he enrolled in the Naval Post- ture vote after cloture vote on the ate. When judicial nominations were graduate School of Monterey, CA, and most divisive, controversial and ex- being made by a Democratic President, earned an MS degree in Mechanical En- treme of this President’s judicial nomi- the objection of a single home-State gineering. He was selected for the nees. Senator would have prevented any ac- Naval Nuclear Power Training Pro- Senators have spoken to the conten- tion on a judicial nomination. As the gram, which led to training assign- tious nominations Republicans have chairman of the Judiciary Committee ments at the Naval Nuclear Power tried to force through the Senate con- acknowledged in 1999, under the prac- School in Orlando, FL, and the Nuclear firmation process this week. This is a tices of the committee, no nomination Prototype Propulsion Plant Training striking difference from the days in opposed by both home-State Senators Unit in Ballston Spa, NY. His assign- which more than 60 of President Clin- would proceed. Yet now that the Presi- ments took him from the decks of the ton’s judicial nominees were stalled dent is a Republican and the home- USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN 71, where and defeated by anonymous holds and State Senators are Democrats, the he served as the Electrical Officer, to secret objections. Just as I made Judi- rules are changed and traditional prac- the shores of Virginia where, in 1989, he ciary Committee blue slips and the tices are conveniently abandoned. was assigned as the Aircraft Carrier process by which the committee The big picture is that we have the New Construction Principle Assistant consults with home-state Senators most confrontational President in re- Project Officer on the staff of the Su- public when I chaired the committee in cent history. His administration is pervisor of Shipbuilding at Newport 2001, Democratic Senators have not op- committed to a plan to pack the Fed- News. Here, he assisted in the planning posed nominees without coming before eral courts with nominees of a narrow and execution of the construction, test the Senate and making known their judicial ideology. Compounding the sit- & trials, and delivery of the USS George concerns. uation, the Republican leadership in Washington, CVN 73. On later tours, he During the 17 months a Democratic the Senate has decided to assist the ad- oversaw the delivery of both the USS Senate majority reviewed this Presi- ministration in this effort at all costs. Harry S Truman, CVN 75, and the USS dent’s judicial nominees we were able Longstanding Senate practices and Ronald Reagan, CVN 76. to confirm 100 judges. This year, we rules have been broken. Home-State Most recently, Captain Berthold have cooperated in the confirmation of Senators are being ignored or over- served as Program Manager for the 45 additional judges. The total con- ridden if they are Democratic Sen- Navy’s future aircraft carrier programs firmations already number 145. We ators, committee rules are being at the Navy’s Program Executive Of- have worked in good faith to reduce ju- breached, committee practices of the fice for Aircraft Carriers in Newport dicial vacancies to the lowest level in last 25 years are being ignored in a News, VA. He has played a key role in the last 13 years and to increase the rush to steamroll the Senate. developing new and innovative acquisi- full-time judge on the Federal bench Sadly, the most partisans have made tion strategies for the design and con- across the country to the highest num- detestable arguments and injected reli- struction of the final Nimitz Class Air- ber in our history. We continue to gion into the debate. Regrettably, the craft Carrier, USS George H W Bush, work in good faith and the Democratic Senate under its current leadership has CVN 77, and the new CVN 21 class. This Senators on the Judiciary Committee abandoned its constitutional role as a new class of aircraft carrier design sets have joined in reporting at least a check on the Executive. a new standard for war-fighting capa- dozen additional judicial nominations So we have the most aggressive Ad- bility and will influence the readiness favorably to the Senate. Working to- ministration in recent history and its of our military throughout the 21st gether the Republican and Democratic efforts to pack the courts are being fa- century. leadership will be able to schedule de- cilitated by efforts of the Republican Captain Berthold has earned a great bate and votes on those judges. Senate majority and its willingness to number of personal decorations, includ- There are other nominees I frankly remove all the processes and practices ing the Meritorious Service Medal with do not support and that large numbers that had been available to the Senate three Gold Stars, the Navy Commenda- of Senators do not support. And yet, as to provide a check and balance. As tion Medal with one Gold Star, and the chairman, I did something our Repub- they remove the mechanisms that had Navy Achievement Medal. I am proud lican predecessor never did, I proceeded traditionally provided incentives for to represent such a fine Kentuckian in on judicial nominations I opposed. the Executive to consult with the Sen- the U.S. Senate, and I thank him for Some were confirmed; a few have been ate, the administration has refused to his dedication to the people of the so extreme and controversial that they moderate its actions. Instead, Repub- United States. His list of accomplish- have not been confirmed. Ours is a lican partisans have ratcheted up the ments is great, yet being the son of re- good record and a fair record. points of contention and conflict. tired USAR, Brigadier General Bud It is a record that shows we have Rather than work in a bipartisan way Berthold, whom I consider to be a close sought, as Senator BAUCUS explained to unite the country and maintain a personal friend and wonderful role recently, to protect the essential inde- balanced and independent federal judi- model, certainly ranks high on that pendence of the judiciary, to support ciary, Republicans insist on the expe- list. While the Navy will lose a loyal fair-minded impartial judges, and to dited confirmation of every nomina- seaman, his wife, Deborah Lynn, and protect the essential rights of all tion no matter how extreme. With all two children, Bryant and Bridgette, Americans. of the other, traditional screening will welcome him home with open This week we have witnessed a num- mechanisms removed, only one Senate arms. I wish Captain Dudley B. ber of unsuccessful cloture petitions. procedure is left—the filibuster. All Berthold the traditional naval wish of When the Republicans filed these peti- their talk about supposed obstruc- ‘‘Fair winds and Following seas’’ as his tions they knew they would be unsuc- tionism is just that, partisan talking VerDate jul 14 2003 04:19 Aug 03, 2003 Jkt 019060 PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 0637 Sfmt 0634 E:\CR\FM\G31JY6.172 S31PT2 July 31, 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE S10597 points. The factors that have led to the pursuit of a master’s degree. Named in themselves over to help you,’’ she said. ‘‘As more filibusters than usual this week honor of former Senator George J. Mitchell soon as you express an interest in some- have been the actions of the adminis- for his role in the Northern Irish peace proc- thing, the opportunity is there.’’ ess, the scholarship’s explicit objective is to The scholars also improvised when they tration and Senate Republicans. found Irish culture less familiar with the instill an appreciation for Ireland in a gen- These matters need not be conten- eration of up-and-coming Americans. idea of internships or entrepreneurial volun- tious. The process starts with the To that end, Irish-American applicants teer work. With her professor at Trinity Col- President. If this administration would have no advantage in the competition for the lege, Ms. Huh approach a charity based in work with us, we could avoid these sit- 12 places, said the program’s founder, Trina Dublin and ended up in Bangladesh for five uations. We have and will continue to Vargo, and the Mitchells are financed by weeks, doing research on malnutrition. work with the administration. We groups that may stand to benefit from the Mariyam Cementwala, from Bakerfield, warm feelings of Americans. In 1998, the Calif., organized a conference on human would like to be more helpful in the Irish government gave more than $4 million rights for 120 people at the National Univer- President’s identification of nominees for an initial endowment, while sponsors in- sity of Ireland at Galway. and advising him on the selection of clude the British government and some of With an allowance from an Irish travel consensus nominees so that we can join the largest corporations in Ireland. (Nine company, the latest group of Mitchell schol- together in adding those confirmations major Irish universities provide room and ars went on impromptu road trips around the to the 145 so far achieved. board and waive tuition for Mitchell recipi- country, visiting one another at their uni- f ents.) versities almost once a moth, and some trav- Those donations provide for a $12,000 sti- eled together to Scotland. Also through Ms. GEORGE J. MITCHELL SCHOLAR- pend and trans-Atlantic airfare. Vargo, they went on a hiking trip in the SHIP PROGRAM AND U.S.-IRISH Mitchell recipients understand that the Wicklow Mountains guided by a Dublin busi- RELATIONS foundation behind the program, the U.S.-Ire- nessman, and they celebrated Thanksgiving land Alliance, which is based in Washington, together at a lawyer’s Dublin home. Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. President, yes- wants them to become good-will ambas- To use their own term, they bonded. They terday’s New York Times carried a sadors for Ireland. Rather than balk at the share an easy rapport—Ms. Mark called the very interesting article about a new responsibility, they say that emotional and group ‘‘the world’s perfect dinner party’’— scholarship program created three intellectual links are exactly what they ex- whether milling about at the program’s clos- years ago to encourage young Ameri- pect to gain from their year here. ing ceremonies with political leaders like ‘‘I didn’t feel pressure that I ultimately Senator Mitchell and Sinn Fein’s president, cans to pursue graduate study in Ire- need to do some great work for Ireland,’’ said land and learn more about that coun- Gerry Adams, or holding up the bar at the Jeannie Huh, a West Point graduate who Europa Hotel. try and its long-standing ties of his- studied public health at Trinity College. The program’s sponsors seem to feel that tory and heritage to the United States. ‘‘But I definitely do feel that over the course even that bar tab is money well spent. Gerry The program is called the George J. of the year I have built a spot in my heart McCrory, 40, heads a venture capital fund in Mitchell Scholarship Program. The for the country and the people. I think that’s Dublin called Cross Atlantic Capital Part- name honors our former Senate Major- just inevitable.’’ ners that gives about $30,000 a year to the Most Mitchell scholars try to blend into Mitchell program. He said he looked forward ity Leader George Mitchell, who is es- Irish society by complementing their studies to when the Mitchell Scholars would posi- pecially admired in Ireland and among with internships, part-time jobs and commu- Irish Americans and even in Great tively influence the relationship between the nity work. In the last few years, three United States and Ireland. Britain for his leading role in recent Mitchell recipients withdrew from the run- ‘‘It’s going to be at least another 20 or 30 years in advancing the peace process in ning for Rhodes Scholarships, and that mul- years until they’re in a position to make Northern Ireland as Special Advisor to tidisciplinary approach is one reason. those decisions,’’ he said, ‘‘but I think it’s President Clinton on Ireland. ‘‘It was more than just an academic pro- the right thing to do. It’s a long-term invest- The Scholarships were created by the gram; it has that cultural element,’’ said ment.’’ Georgia Miller Mjartan, who was a Rhodes U.S.-Ireland Alliance, a non-partisan, There being no objection, the mate- semifinalist from Arkansas when she won a non-profit organization founded in 1998 Mitchell Scholarship. She said that she real- rial was ordered to be printed in the by my former foreign policy adviser, ized at her Mitchell interview that she would RECORD, as follows: Trina Vargo, who is well known to accept the scholarship if it was offered. [From the New York Times, July 30, 2003] many of us in Congress for her out- ‘‘I knew that, as far as prestige, it would be MITCHELL SCHOLARS DELVE INTO IRISH standing work in Irish issues. As many good for me to go through with the Rhodes CULTURE, TOO of our colleagues in the Senate and the process, even if I didn’t take it,’’ she said. (By Brian Lavery) But Ms. Mjartan, who is 23 and lived in House know, the Alliance has worked DUBLIN, July 29.—When Emily Mark ar- Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, over the closely with both Republicans and last year, withdrew her application after rived in Dublin to study art history at Trin- Democrats to strengthen the ties be- learning that her place, if she won, would ity College, she postponed worrying about tween the United States and Ireland. not be awarded to an alternate candidate if classes until she found a traditional musi- The twelve Mitchell Scholars se- she declined the scholarship. ‘‘That wouldn’t cian to teach her the Irish style of playing lected each year are outstanding young be right, because I would be taking it away five-string claw-hammer banjo. from someone else,’’ she said. This month, Ms. Mark completed a Mitch- American students who are gifted aca- The application process is intended to be ell Scholarship, a program that often sounds demically, and who show promise for more like a cultural immersion course than friendly, with one short essay and interviews future leadership in the public or pri- that focus on identity and personality in- the pursuit of a master’s degree. Named in vate sectors in maintaining close ties stead of academic detail, Ms. Vargo said. honor of former Senator George J. Mitchell between the United States and Ireland. Those who are accepted are encouraged to for his role in the Northern Irish peace proc- I commend Ms. Vargo and the U.S.-Ire- wait until they hear from other scholarship ess, the scholarship’s explicit objective is to land Alliance for the prestige and popu- programs before deciding which to choose. instill an appreciation for Ireland in a gen- larity the scholarships have earned so ‘‘You want them to have a reason to be eration of up-and-coming Americans. here, and a really good understanding of why To that end, Irish-American applicants quickly, and I ask unanimous consent they’re here,’’ Ms. Vargo said. have no advantage in the competition for the that the New York Times article may Ms. Vargo, a former foreign policy adviser 12 places, said the program’s founder, Trina be printed in the RECORD. to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, knows Irish Varago, and the Mitchells are financed by [From the New York Times, July 30, 2003] business and political circles well, and groups that may stand to benefit from the Mitchell scholars often use her network of warm feelings of Americans. In 1998, the MITCHELL SCHOLARS DELVE INTO IRISH connections. Last year, she introduced Mark Irish government gave more than $4 million CULTURE, TOO Tosso to the top official in the prime min- for an initial endowment, while sponsors in- (By Brian Lavery) ister’s office, who found him a job con- clude the British government and some of DUBLIN, July 29.—When Emily Mark ar- ducting a review of communications systems the largest corporations in Ireland. (Nine rived in Dublin to study art history at Trin- for employees throughout the Irish govern- major Irish universities provide room and ity College, she postponed worrying about ment. ‘‘They had this project which was put- board and waive tuition for Mitchell recipi- classes until she found a traditional musi- tering along, and they needed someone to ents.) cian to teach her the Irish style of playing take charge of it,’’ Mr. Tosso said. Those donations provide for a $12,000 sti- five-string claw-hammer banjo. In the same way, Ms. Mark, the banjo play- pend and trans-Atlantic airfare. This month, Ms. Mark completed a Mitch- er, met a Dublin lawyer who hired her to Mitchell recipients understand that the ell Scholarship, a program that often sounds help set up a new fund-raising arm for Am- foundation behind the program, the U.S.-Ire- more like a cultural immersion course than nesty International. ‘‘Everyone just bowls land Alliance, which is based in Washington, VerDate jul 14 2003 04:19 Aug 03, 2003 Jkt 019060 PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 0637 Sfmt 0634 E:\CR\FM\G31JY6.163 S31PT2
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