Noel Francisco: A Great Choice For This Tough Job
‘The Office of the Solicitor General is responsible for representing the United States in litigation before the Supreme Court. It’s a very important office, and Mr. Francisco is well qualified to lead it.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the president’s nominee for Solicitor General, Noel Francisco:
“Later today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Noel Francisco to become our nation’s next Solicitor General. The Office of the Solicitor General is responsible for representing the United States in litigation before the Supreme Court. It’s a very important office, and Mr. Francisco is well qualified to lead it.
“His private-sector resume is impressive. His public-sector service is remarkable. He clerked for a towering figure on the Supreme Court, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. During the Administration of President George W. Bush, he worked in the White House Counsel’s Office. He’s currently serving as a senior advisor in the Justice Department, after having served as Acting and Principal Deputy Solicitor General earlier this year.
“Mr. Francisco has successfully argued a number of complex cases before a number of courts including, notably, the case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning before the Supreme Court. In that matter, he represented the plaintiff Noel Canning in its successful challenge to President Obama’s unlawful, so-called recess appointments.
“That case is especially important for this body because the Supreme Court’s unanimous 2014 decision in favor of Noel Canning reaffirmed that the Senate, not the president, possesses the clear constitutional authority to prescribe the rules of its own proceedings.
“Noel Francisco is a great choice for this tough job, and I urge colleagues to join me in supporting him.”
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