July 21st, 2009
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Sotomayor committee vote delayed one week

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its confirmation vote for Sonia Sotomayor by one week.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its confirmation vote for Sonia Sotomayor by one week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed its confirmation vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor by one week Tuesday, acceding to GOP demands for more time to examine the Supreme Court nominee's record.

"We all know that Judge Sotomayor will be confirmed," said panel chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. "Once she is passed in this committee, there will be no delay on the floor."

The White House and congressional Democrats have expressed confidence that a final floor vote on Sotomayor will occur before the early August Senate recess, leaving her with sufficient time to get settled into her new job and prepare for the high court's next oral arguments, scheduled for September 9.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, voiced her support for the 55-year-old federal appeals court judge, joining three GOP colleagues who earlier said they would vote for the nominee.

"I have concluded that Judge Sotomayor understands the proper role of a judge and is committed to applying the law impartially without bias or favoritism," said Collins in a statement.

Also announcing support for Sotomayor is the abortion rights group NARAL ProChoice America. Sotomayor has not confronted a case dealing directly with abortion rights in her 11 years as an appeals judge, but NARAL said it was convinced she would uphold the legacy of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court ruling legalizing the medical procedure.

"We are pleased that Judge Sotomayor expressed stronger support for the established constitutional right to privacy than either Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito, both of whom had anti-choice records before being nominated to their current positions," said the group in a statement. "She also articulated several times throughout the hearing that the constitutional right to privacy includes the right to choose."

Roberts and Alito were nominated to the high court by President Bush in 2005.

Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, announced he would vote against Sotomayor, who completed four days of testimony last week before the Judiciary Committee.

–CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears contributed to this report.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What's the hold up for GOP. Republican Senators are lining up in favor for her. I was hoping she will be confirmed before the end of the week. As for the privacy issue(Sen. Franken question), she fielded that pretty well.

    July 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Gary D.

    Delay, delay, delay. That and saying no, no, no is the GOP efforts of derailing everything that is being done right in this country. What a bunch of anachronistic buffoons.

    July 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. JGB

    Why? what difference does it make, she's already in the bag with the Democrats? Lets just get it over with and move on.

    July 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    More meaningless grandstanding by the bitter Republicans.... for what purpose?

    As I predicted weeks ago, both Snowe and Collins of Maine will support Sotormayor. There's no chance for her to NOT be confirmed.

    All Sessions accomplished during the hearings was to brand himself a JERK.

    July 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. addon

    Who would like to bet me there will be GOP haters posting how they (in their infinite wisdom of juris prudence) know Sotomayor isn't qualified?

    I'm taking all bets. One should never bet against the average GOP follower's stupidity.

    July 21, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. dominican mama 4 Obama

    One of their fortes: stalling for no apparently good reason. Ho hum...!

    July 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    Maybe the Republicans need more time so they ask her again,again,again,again and again about the Latino Woman comment. Do they really expect a different answer?

    July 21, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Frank

    A one-week delay at the committee level is not out of the ordinary.

    But Republicans have already paid a price with voters for their preoccupation with divisive racial issues during the Sotomayor hearings.

    If they know what's good for them (a big "if" indeed) they had better stay out of the way when the committee report reaches the floor.

    And enough with the remarks about President Obama's mother aborting him. People on both sides of the abortion issue want to be respected and taken seriously. That level of partisanship on this issue is simply sickening.

    July 21, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Pefect date to vote her in is Aug. 29th.....
    I understand the need to scrutinize...and it should be that way...but really ...the issues brought forth about her aren't related to her qualifications but judgement of her perceptions of the world...and as we all know..perceptions are based on what one's own life experience is. Trust your instincts and give her your vote.

    July 21, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Mark Cross Junction VA

    A reprieve for us dumb white men.

    July 21, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Moderate Democrat

    GOP has been too busy crying and doing nothing to get anything done. They can't read, study, nor get thier jobs done on time. Republicans are the laziest lot of free loaders on this planet.

    Just imagine if we all had the work ethics of a republican. We would look at the amount of work to be done and pitch a fit, say we aren't going to do it, cry and whine about it and throw ourselves on the floor as we yelled 'Tax cuts will make it go away'........or quit.

    July 21, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has been granted a delay on the vote on Judge Sotomayor. Most Republicans just can't go along with anything they are not in total control of. It is a sad situation because causing this delay is not a good thing for them. Judge Sotomayor will not change the balance of the make-up of the court.

    This appears to be an all out assult by many of the GOP to destroy President Obama. They are bucking him at every turn and yet they fail to realize that they are further destroying this nation. Through it all, they don't care as long as they destroy this President. I have never in my 61 years seen such hate for one person as they have for President Obama. They are even prepared to kill or delay National Health Care so that it will be President Obama's "Waterloo". They are willing to do this without giving consideration to the fact that their actions are going to have an adverse affect on the people they were elected to represent. I know they will not admit it but I am comfortable in the fact that they have signaled their hate. It is a sad day in our nation. I just hope our nation is strong enough to fight off this full scale assult.

    July 21, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Larry

    LOL. This just gets better and better. Of course, when you consider the source......

    Republican idiots–She's gonna be confirmed. All you're doing is creating more ill will for yourselves.

    "......examine the Supreme Court nominee's record?" I didn't think you morons could read!

    July 21, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Steph

    One again, more stall tactics from the GnOP. I'm starting to wonder if the republicans who need more time are just very, very slow readers.

    July 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Jim in San Mateo

    Leave it to the republicans to say she's going to be confirmed so lets wait a week. I hope CNN figures out who actually placed the hold. The democrats of that state will make sure that the senator is not reelected.

    July 21, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that it is only one week, that isn't too bad. I would hold it at that. This nominee seems like she would be likely to get confirmed. I hope that it would get done sooner rather than later. I hope that she get confirmed before the August recess.

    July 21, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Billy J in Texas

    Republicans are so lost. It is ALMOST funny.

    July 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Billy J in Texas

    The longer this goes, the more money they can solicit from 'ignorant old white men' to stop this evil latina. That is what it is all about. Money. Anyone surprised?

    July 21, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. C W

    It makes sense the GOP needs more time. Sotomayor has an 18-year record on the bench and the GOP are slow readers ...

    July 21, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Ken

    ...delayed for one week. I wonder how this benefits the neolithic [R]s? The [D]s threw them a bone here, but the [R]s are still leaving the nomination scene with their tails between their legs.

    July 21, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    For all you blaming the GOP on the delay; exactly who is the chairman of this committee? Answer Sen Leahy. He is a democrat, he could have denied the request! So again, please remind me whose fault it is for the delay?
    1. No ones fault
    2. The dem chairman made the decision, he had the power to say no. Just respect the decision, instead of blindly pointing fingers.
    IF YOU WERE BEING HONEST!

    July 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Reformed Republican

    What do you expect from a cabal of old southern white men – Action on putting a latina woman on the SCOTUS?
    If it were up to them they would rather go to "C" Street for a quick meeting of the "christian mafia" and listen to sermons on how they are god's chosen leaders and don't need to be responsible to anyone for their actions....

    July 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. brian

    With the average Republican being a 75 year old white male, I would have thought they'd want things to move as quickly as possible. Their time is literally running out!

    July 21, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. gl, From Pittsburgh

    President Obama will have to really be a failed President for GOP to get back in office with thier racist self. Just like the Repubicans are trying to delay the Health Care Reform, now Sonia Sotomayor confirmation. Delay, Delay, and Delay. I wish these Blue dog Democrate just leave our party and join the republicans party. It is them that is holding up the Health care bill to please their conservative state. Nothing will every every get done in Washington. End of Story.

    July 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Rick

    Since there is no chance of derailing Sotomayor's confirmation, why are the Republicans doing this? One word: Fundraising. One more week to try to squeeze a few more bucks from the anti-HIspanic fringe that even the Minutemen wouldn't accept.

    I saw a guy in a t-shirt this morning that read: "My Drinking Team has a Rugby Problem". New variation of this: "My Fundraising Team has a Republican Problem".

    July 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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