July 16th, 2009
12:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Leahy wants committee confirmation vote next week


Washington (CNN) - Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy says he plans to put a confirmation vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the committee calendar this coming Tuesday.

However, committee rules allow any one senator to delay consideration of any nomination for one week, and the committee's ranking Republican, Jeff Sessions, suggested to CNN that a week's delay is likely.

"That would be only four days after the end of the hearings, that would be really fast," Sessions told CNN, noting that this is the "U.S. Supreme Court."

Sessions emphasized that he has no interest in delaying the process, but suggested holding a vote next week would be too soon.

Leahy told CNN the ultimate Democratic goal is to hold a full Senate vote before the August recess, and said he is confident that will happen.

Sessions said he has no plans for a filibuster.

"A nominee is entitled to an up-or-down vote," he said.

Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I want her confirmed by close of the day tomorrow.

    July 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Obama 2.0

    Let's go GOP shoot your foot!

    July 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Candy West Virginia

    We already know the GOP will vote NO! Even though she is probably more qualified then the current justices sitting on the bench.

    July 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. a little sad

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA July 16th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

    I want her confirmed by close of the day tomorrow.


    Or today. As even Graham says, she is going to be confirmed. There is no reason to delay the vote.

    July 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Dr. Bob

    Sen. Jeff Sessions is a diehard bigot. It is no wonder his bid for a federal judgeship was denied by the US Senate 20+ years ago. He and the rest of his southern Republican colleagues are the reason the Republican party is in such bad shape today. Add to this "The Family, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and "I speak out of both sides of my mouth McCain" it is no wonder that I, and many others as well, have left the Republican party. The are currently known as the party of No and will soon be known as the party no longer in existence.

    July 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. mike,texas

    The party of No, of course they will say No.I exspect nothing less from the incredible shrinking republican party. bush,chaney,palin,mclame,coulter,rush,hannity.mitt,huchabee,newt. what a cast. Would you put your lives in their hands.

    July 16, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. here we go

    Seems to me Sessions is playing "pay-back" for him not getting the nod for the Supreme Court back in the 80's. From what I have read and heard this man is a racist thru and thru, so this kind of behavior doesn't surprise me. Way to go GOP...this is how some view your party,ole southern white men.....

    July 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. gt

    leahy is a loud mouth jerk who wants his and only his views heard,,,,

    July 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    Senator Sessions you are certinally upholding you part of the GOP...
    I do believe that the entire GOP may need to have a few extra days
    to decide if they should walk or chew gum. It is very obvious that
    they are not able to do both...

    I believe thats why.... YUP.................................

    I'm that old (69yrs) retired, white man from Ma. Former Republican


    July 16, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Gary

    Its a position for life...we don't need to rush the vote. We rushed the "so-called stimulus bill" and look what a mess that turned into. It was really a pork bill that may bankrupt our country without creating or saving any significant number of jobs.

    Stop rushing! Congress does not need a summer recess. None of us get a paid month off. This is silly. Take your time, stay in session and figure out if she is really the best candidate for the supreme court.

    July 16, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Neil

    Both sides are doing the exact same things as the other side did when control was the other way around...

    July 16, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Shawn - GA

    Why the rush? I am serious... it is not a retorical question. I do nto understand why there is urgency.

    July 16, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Time to get it overwith and move on to Ensign bribey hearings and Cheney/;Bush criminal investigations.

    July 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Sheri

    The repubs have asked the same 5 questions over and over and over again, 2nd amendment, abortion, wise latina, would she follow the constitution, and lastly just Lindsey Graham "speechifying". They need another week, because!?

    July 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. LoLo

    Just a pig.

    July 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter

    Gadzooks! So soon? I thought they would spend a little more time than that grilling her about that "wisa Latina" remark. That's really important. We need answers. Have a nice day!

    July 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Johnny DC

    I want her confirmed in the same pace set in precedents by Democrat congressmen in the past.

    No quicker, no slower.

    Liberals = Hypocrites.

    July 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Whats the rush? Everything this administration does is rushed through like they have to get it done before anyone has a chance to realize what it actually is. That scares the hell out of me.

    July 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Independent

    So do they plan to hold her hostage like the delay in Minnesota confirming Franken? What a bunch of morons.

    July 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. RepubliKLANs Are Plain Stupid

    why not confirm her today?...what's the GOPdrama & chidish tantrums all about!!! – is it because Sotomayor is smarter than a white male so the GOP senators ego is bruised?!

    July 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. democratii

    She should already be confirmed. What is taking so long?

    July 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Buzz

    Obama is a poor excuse for a president and as an Independent American I am embarrassed………..

    July 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. pat c

    that's right sessions, drag your feet just like the rest of the GOP bunch. you know she will be accepted but you nasty bunch of old white men just want to drag this out another week for the sake of dragging it out. shame on all of you.

    July 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Hugo

    You'll be Soooooorrry! What's wrong liberals, you cannot take it that racism and bigotry actually works against minorities in the favor of WHITE America now can you?

    July 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. citizenjane

    "Sessions emphasized that he has no interest in delaying the process, but suggested holding a vote next week would be too soon."

    Prerequisite for membership in the GOP – Masters Degree in Double Talk.

    July 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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