Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sotomayor '76 receives committee backing

No shocker here, folks.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor '76 with a 13-to-6 vote on Tuesday morning. All 12 Democrats and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voted "aye" for Sotomayor, leaving only a Senate floor vote next week between her and becoming the nation's first Latina justice.

Sotomayor's confirmation is a virtual certainty, as she is expected to enjoy support from the entire 60-member Democratic caucus and a number of Republicans.

Associate Justice Sam Alito '72 received a 10-8, party-line vote from the Judiciary Committee -- which was controlled by the GOP -- on January 24, 2006. Seven days later, Alito was confirmed by the full Senate by a vote of 58-42.

This morning's vote marked the first time in their careers that Judiciary Committee members Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) opposed a nominee to the high court.

Several Republicans, including Graham, Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) have all announced they will vote for Sotomayor when her nomination comes to the Senate floor.


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l expect the democrats to vote aye en masse . l would also expect kennedy and byrd to vote as well if it's at all possible. this is, after all, an historic appointment, and they are...as all the senate is...very aware of their legacies.
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