July 15th, 2009
10:56 AM ET
10 years ago

Republican senator says no filibuster attempt against Sotomayor

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Republicans will not attempt to filibuster the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, a Republican senator said Wednesday.

"You will get that up-or-down vote on the Senate floor," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said to Sotomayor on the third day of her confirmation hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cornyn and other Republicans on the committee have criticized Democratic filibusters of previous judicial nominees by Republican presidents. The Democratic filibusters prevented a full vote by the Senate.

Facing a filibuster-proof 60 Senate seats in the Democratic caucus, Republicans have said they expect Sotomayor to be confirmed by the full chamber.

Filed under: John Cornyn • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. T

    Filibuster is the most stupid thing in politics I ever heard.

    July 15, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Lets all close our eyes and think what these hearings would be like if Sarah Palin were the nominee.....lol.

    July 15, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Ted van Tol

    Filibuster is the most stupid thing in politics I ever heard.

    July 15, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Fla.

    What, no "nucular" option this time? Republicans know they do not have the votes against a well-qualified nominee, and some of their members could likely vote in favor of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

    July 15, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Candy West Virginia

    Those same repubs grilling her helped along with bush and cheyney to destroy this country and they want to crucify her over a simple statement she made. Wow, just wow!
    Republicans are the American Taliban – thanks for the laugh, i really needed it and oh so true.

    July 15, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. needs to be said again

    Filibuster is the most stupid thing in politics I ever heard.

    July 15, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. gl, From Pittsburgh

    WHITE THUGS with A gun and one hand and a bible in the other.


    July 15, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Active Duty Democrat

    I've still yet to make my mind up on her...I think she can do the job tho...

    July 15, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Peoples Voice

    I've been having trouble keeping count, but is this the first smart thing the Repugs have done this year?

    July 15, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Republicans have said they expect Sotomayor to be confirmed by the full chamber. "

    This is like one of those rare occurences in nature, like a lunar eclipse, or the aurora borealis, where a Republican comes face to face with the truth and.....embraces it!

    How sweet it is!

    July 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Candy West Virginia

    Jon in CA
    Republicans destroyed this country CHECK
    Republicans bankrupted this country CHECK
    Republicans spent all our money rebuilding a foreign country CHECK
    Republicans lied to the citizens to start an illegal war CHECK
    Republicans had the world hating the USA CHECK
    Republicans lied to us about darn near everything we find out CHECK
    President Obama is spending money on rebuilding the USA
    President Obama is trying to fix our country CHECK
    President Obama trying to extract us from 2 wars started by repubs CHECK
    Republicans obstructing everything the President and dems try to do to rebuild our country CHECK
    Republican bloggers still defending bush and cheyney for destroying this country CHECK
    Republican bloggers obviously hate their country CHECK

    July 15, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Amnesty for illegals: Next"

    What scares you most about that...the taxes they will be contributing once they become citizens or the fact that they'll be entitled to minimum wage so they won't be able to "take jobs away from the 'real' Americans" by undercutting on wages?

    July 15, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Peter

    Just happy I did not have to hear the rich white trash Ted Kennedy blather on during this confirmation.

    July 15, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Turnabout is Fair Play

    That's right Republican fools! Eat it! You KNOW that you idiots cannot stop her from being nominated so you have NO choice but to bend over and take it. She WILL be our next Supreme Court justice and she will steer the court back to the left. Just as it should be.

    July 15, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. svs

    Uggh. As an independent, I find it frustrating that the two parties will fight to the death (and eventually become polarized into inaction) over the subjects that could most benefit Americans, in general, meanwhile, they lay down and quit whenever it's something that warrants real, in depth consideration.

    Dems were right to filibuster several of GWB's appointments, and conversely, the GOP needs to do the same with Sotomayor. These SCOTUS appointments are too important.

    Maybe this woman is the right candidate, but I, for one, am in no way convinced that she will not attempt to legislate from the bench, as of yet. She may not have a voluminous history of doing so, but the few cases and public comments in question are enough to warrant continued debate.

    July 15, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. citizenjane

    I see all the GOP aliases are in full force today.

    It doesn't matter what the GOP does or doesn't do. Sotomayor is a shoe-in. Kudo's to her for maintaining her cool during these hearings.

    July 15, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Kevin B

    A fillibuster would ensure the GOP shrinks to even less than the current freak show constituency of conspiracy theorist and right wing america hating nut cases.

    So go ahead and please fillibuster, I dare ya..........

    July 15, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Turnabout is Fair Play

    RR July 15th, 2009 11:15 am ET

    GOP showing more maturity than the dems did during the Bush years.

    That's really funny, but WRONG. It's called, GOP knows they cannot stop the inevitable so they have no choice and don't want to risk angering the hispanic voting bloc. Nice try tho.

    July 15, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Robulous529

    The GOP is absolutely, unequivocally impotent to stop the appointment so perhaps reality is finally setlling in with the likes of Sen. Cornyn.

    July 15, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Josh Maloney

    Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for the imminent Filibuster-proof Senate. Its too bad the Democrats don't have a viable party to challenge their agenda. All the Republicans can do is complain, insult people and drive a wedge through this country. Wake up, Conservatives and challenge the Democrats with viable alternatives to our country's problems. You need to help find the best solutions that work for as many Americans as possible and stop worrying about your 2010 and 2012 prospects.

    July 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. jayme

    GOP knows that filibustering wont do them any good with the latino votes in future elections.

    July 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Jon in CA July 15th, 2009 11:36 am ET

    Racist Liberal to be confirmed for SCOTUS: Check

    MASSIVE spending bills passed without being read: Check

    Devalue the Dollar: Check

    Unemployment over 10%: Check

    Deficit/debt ballooning: Check

    Push a multi-trillion welfare-healthcare plan when we DONT have the money: Check

    Amnesty for illegals: Next
    So-called "racist liberal" first nominated by Republican idiot's father Pres. Bush Sr. – Check

    MASSIVE Iraq war bills hidden by former Pres. Idiot – Check

    Dollar already devalued before January 20th 2009 arrived – Check

    Masses were warned by current president that unemployment would top 10% NUMEROUS times earlier this year – Check

    Deficit did not exist during last Democratic president's tenure but appeared during Republican president's regime – Check

    Pushing a multi-trillion dollar healthcare plan to help ALL Americans, not just the rich and priviledged regardless of cost – Not a problem

    Amnesty for illegals – No proof provided by retard who posted this, just parroted ignorance from watching Fox Noise – Check

    Wanna try for more, moron?

    July 15, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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