Barbara Mikulski on Principles & Values
Democratic Sr Senator (MD)
Their most important obligation, Mikulski reminds them, may find its completion on the Senate floor, but its foundation is laid and its scaffold erected from the practical organization of offices, phone lines, mail rooms, scheduling, staff--the minutiae of their operations. "Every one of us came here with a passion for the issues," she says. "We all have good intentions, but we have to operationalize our good intentions."
King looked incredulous, "For campaigning against her?"
"Yes," Mikulski replied, "because this is a great woman. I think we all learned a lesson, which is that we are not going to campaign against each other. We are going to duke it out in the Senate. We have different issues, different parties. But I think we all feel that every one of us has made a difference, and we want to support that. When we have been together, we have brought about change. And we are proud of each other."
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
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