Kyl Statement on SB 1070 Hearing The timing of the hearing just one day ahead of the Supreme Courtís review of the law suggests that its purpose is either to influence the courtís decision or to garner publicity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), senior member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding his decision not to attend Senate Democratsí hearing on Arizona state law, SB 1070:
ďI will not participate in todayís hearing because it is strictly political theater. The timing of the hearing just one day ahead of the Supreme Courtís review of the law suggests that its purpose is either to influence the courtís decision or to garner publicity. The failure of Senate Democrats to seek input from any members of the Arizona congressional delegation before scheduling the hearing further demonstrates that it is intended to be more of a spectacle than a forum for learning anything useful for policymaking. The Supreme Court will decide the case on its merits and that is how it should be.Ē
Arizona Senator Jon Kyl is serving his third and final term in the U.S. Senate after previously serving for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to serve as Republican Whip, the second-highest position in Senate Republican leadership.
Senator Kyl serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he has played key roles in the confirmation of John Roberts as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and of Samuel Alito as associate justice. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, he has also helped write the landmark Crime Victims Rights Act, as well as important provisions of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and other anti-terrorism laws.
As a member of the Finance Committee, he has been chief advocate of death-tax repeal and other pro-growth tax policies, including low tax rates on income, capital gains, and dividends. He has also been a strong proponent of step-by-step solutions for health-care reform that can improve access, lower costs, and preserve the sacred doctor-patient relationship.