November 17th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate Democrats break GOP judicial filibuster

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats broke a GOP filibuster Tuesday against a district judge first nominated eight months ago by President Barack Obama for a seat on the federal appeals court.

The Senate voted 70-29 to end debate over the nomination of Indiana Judge David Hamilton, who was tapped by Obama in March to fill a vacancy on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hamilton was Obama's first judicial nominee.

The full Senate is now expected to move forward quickly on a final vote on the nomination.

Hamilton's nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in June. Leading Republicans, however, then spent weeks preventing a final vote, arguing that Hamilton is too liberal.

Congressional Democrats have expressed growing unease over what they argue is a slow pace of both judicial nominations and confirmations since Obama took office.

–CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report


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  1. Troy G

    This is the same thing that happens every year, no matter which party controls congress. The Republicans held up Clinton nominations, the Democrats held up Bush nominations, .....etc. Don't you just love politics.

    November 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Tony

    With Republicans running our entire government the U.S. economy was heading quickly toward another great depression. The American people woke up and put our government in the hands of the Democrats. If the Democrats don't lead they will be replaced. My advice to the Democratic leadership is to do the job that you were put in place to do. If Republicans want to go back to the ways that led us into this recession, work around them any way possible.

    November 17, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. michael

    THe GOP continues to be the party of NO. The have no idea and no plan so they just say to to obstruct. The GOP equals no progress and it doesn't matter if they are in control of the White House or not they are simply not qualified.

    November 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Chanel

    Republicans are looking for anything to go against the Administration on right now. This should have been expected, and prepared for.

    November 17, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    moronic GOP obstructionist politics.... do they care about this country or anyone but their own?

    November 17, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Keep up the good work – it's about time Senate Democrats STOPPED these ridiculous and childish GOP tactics

    November 17, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Gop

    Well if this been a Bush nominee the liberal Democrats would cry the person was too conservative.

    So not real news just politics in Washington. However, the thing I don’t care for is the liberal judges always seem to be more of a liberal activist in the court then a conservative judge that rules based on the U.S. Constitution!

    We are a nation of laws not one that hand out law based on ones feelings! When you get liberal judges you get a justice that is not only blind but is stupid as well!

    November 17, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. moe

    Nothing but a ploy to slow down Obama's appointments. Reagan had 43, G.Bush had 28 and Clinton had 26 appointments in the 1st year in office.
    Do the math. Is this racially motivated, maybe not, but it is surely GOP tactic against letting Obama succeed now and win the 2nd term.

    November 17, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Nichole

    Thank you Democrats! If you want to be re-elected, you need to start STANDING up to the Republicans. Bipartisanship will only work once their back is against the wall. Too much rhetoric, too much extremism in the republic party.

    November 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Keep the filibusters going.....

    eventually you'll wear them down.......

    November 17, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Oscar

    The GOP is against minorities and their agenda is blocking everything

    November 17, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. bobby frank

    Kinda shows who is in the majority just in case they had forgotten.

    November 17, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. OsoMartinez, Albuquerque NM

    Thank you "Party of No". Conservative judges love to apply laws unequally.

    November 17, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Phil Rorabaugh

    I beleive that America's tolerance for and disgust over Partisian politics has reached all time lows. I have watched the political arena for many years but can honestly say that this is a world wide emmbarassment. Not since the Nixon attacks has the politician been so crude and rude in his presentations. It is time for 'real change" alright but it involves a revamp of the two party system to assure balanced and fair decisions based on what is good for al;l americans not just for the select few. It seems simple enough to me to expect people to be civil in their dealings with their co-workers.

    November 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. S M R

    That's why the Democrats need a clear Majority to get things done and turn OUR crippled Country around.

    November 17, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Randy

    I'm confused. With 60 votes, how was the fillibuster possible, unless the Dems aren't united, is that a good sign? You can blame the GOP all you want they are currently powerless.

    November 17, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Diane

    Stop sniveling.

    November 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    BUST the Filibusters!!! Wow – too Liberal is their argument!! Maybe it's because DEMOCRATS learned to STAND UP to you REPUBLI-CAN'Ts!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    November 17, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. GI ??

    Yep we need more liberal politically motivated judges. Too many criminals actually go to jail. And on occasion some person, county or company actually manges to get somthing done when we all know THAT can't be allowed to happen. judges are supposed to STOP all efforts at progress economic development and moving forward on energy independance

    November 17, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Proud to be Republican

    I am so tired of hearing that every time Obama is blocked on something it is deemed as racist. I have a huge problem with everything that he wants done my children and grandchildren will be paying. We have the highest federal deficit ever, this should not be between parties but what is right for our children.

    If you think that the government is working for you now with the democrats in control you are sorely mistaken. The mistakes that are being made now we will be paying for forever.

    I am tired of our military not getting the respect that they deserve from the liberals of this country. They are fighting for our freedom and you do not even have enough integrity to say Thank You.

    November 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. GOPer

    What? GOPers were not allowing an "up or down" vote on judicial nominees? Unbelievable.

    Republicans have been breaking records abusing the filibuster, while hypocritically decrying the same thing just a few short years ago under President Bush. Sad.

    November 17, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Hmmm....

    Does anyone read these? Why do we spend so much money on education in this country if this stuff is what it produces. Based on these comments let us do away with public education, put it all into health care and live happily stupid forever in our satanizing each other. Good night.

    November 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. T Fields

    I would hope that at some point the Senators would rise above petty partisonship and put the best interests of the Country first. The large number of judical vacancies hurts our judicial system. The Senators could start with judicial nominations, but I would prefer they start with fixing our broken health care system and replacing it with something that is fair and affordable.

    November 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. geescard

    Mr. Obama isn't in a hurry because he really believes he is president for life.

    November 17, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Iceman

    I find it interesting that when Republicans are in power they demand up or down votes on their judicial nominees and decry Democrats delaying tactics. But when the shoe is on the other foot delaying tactics are ok and up and down vote is not that important.

    November 17, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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