July 16th, 2009
12:47 PM ET
11 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. Rick CT

    I believe the Dems used a lot of delaying tactics in the Bush years, including filibustering so that several Bush nominees for judgeships never got the up-or-down vote they derserved – and in some cases would have been approved by a majority.

    One week is not a big deal for a lifetime appointment. But of course, the libs have selective short memories believing that what St. Barack ordains must be – and immediately.

    Gee, let's rush here too. Just like the stimulus bill bill that is bogged down in implementation. Just like the spending bill signed by St Barack that authorized the AIG bonuses. Just like the credit card bil that allowed the carrying of concealed weapons in National Parks. And now, just like the goverment takeover of health care ??? The government doesn't have the kind of record of competence or efficiency that I'd like to depend on for my health.

    That's not to say there aren't good ideas coming out of this administration. However, when getting it done is far more important that getting it right, it can be far worse than not getting it at all.

    July 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Ted

    Sessions is yet another member in good standing with the party of NO. If these guys worked in business, those four days of delays for no reason other than political expediency would cost him his job. this is a very important decision and Sessions needs to just vote up or down and stop posturing.

    July 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. ella

    Leahy just said on CNN that the GOP's 'wise Latina' interrogation was a major red herring.

    The only thing the GOP did this weak was make themselves look bigoted.

    July 16, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. TCM

    I say send her, and her 60% case reversal rate, back to NYC....Leahy, shut up and sit down...it's blatantly obvious that Obama "tapped," you to hustle this thing through.....and her appointment has nothing to do with precise interpretation of the law, but instead interpretation and implementation of the liberal agenda....Obama's on his way to fill the SC with judges that will get votes, and be in his pocket. That way, when the cases rising in the military questioning orders from a Commander in Chief whose STILL unable to produce the vaulted copy of his birth certificate, he'll have enough "bought judges,' to try and reverse the constitution to allow foreign born individuals to run for president....he's anti American, through and through.....

    July 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Typical Republican

    No way...let's delay it. As a republican, I'm all for making sure nothing happens while we're present. No way to getting things moving and making a decision (one way or another) while we are here.

    Let's delay it forever...because that's what we do...DELAY things. And I'm darn proud of delaying progress. It's helping us put America in the toilet, and that is us republicans primary objective.

    July 16, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Another delay by the Party of No. Yes!

    July 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Let me first preface this by saying, I am a conservative! Now, I listened to the entire confirmation hearing. This Judge WILL became a SC Justice. IF she was truthful here, I have no problem! On the other hand, I also heard Rush criticise the president's pitch during the all-star game. It was ridiculous and grasping for straws! I am NOT a liberal but I know how to be fair!

    July 16, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Roger

    Sounds great Senator Leahy. Please remeber that when you are in the minority

    July 16, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Richard Larson

    Except for a very few reasonably tangible questions, most offered by Democratic Senators, this hearing has been an exercise in obfuscation and outright racist demogogary. Certainly anyone with a brain the size of a desicated pea would be able to understand that this Latina Woman has demonstrated beyond any doubt that she would be a far better judge than any of the seven Republican senators who have repetedly demonstrated mindless bias, intolerance, and simple, muddleheaded stupidity this past week.

    God Bless Her! She may end up being a more conservative judge than I would have wished for, but there will be other nominations in the near future.

    The GOP would be better served by serious, unbiased questioning that at least creates a notion that the process has been thought through and that topics other than those that stir the basest passions of fanaticism are worthy of consideration.

    Only a bigot could consider that the topics, and the words used to outline those questions were not the products of deeply held, white supremacist bias. In Sessions' case, you can certainly take the boy out of the Klan, but you cannot take the Klan out of the boy. He has served his masters well.

    July 16, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. JakeD

    At least they are giving her an "up-or-down vote" (unlike the Dems with many Bush nominees). Did Roberts or Alito get a vote FOUR days after the end of their hearings?

    July 16, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Chuck Long Island NY

    Do the senators think it makes a difference by delaying the vote? By now every one should have their mind made up one way or another. One week to think about it? They must be going to the old timers to find out which way they should vote. In the mean time nothing else gets done. And they wonder why the general population is so fed up with government at all levels.

    July 16, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Samilton

    Why delay the inevitable? Politics! Much of it is a waste of time.

    July 16, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. notfooledtx

    Why delay the inevitable? Unless they want MORE clarification on the "wise latina" comment. If so, they're the only ones on the planet that don't understand what she said . Enough.

    July 16, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    She cannot be allowed to be confirmed within 4 days as that would not give Republicans ample time to shoot themselves in the foot.

    July 16, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. renea

    Dont worry folks we donot have anything to be concerned as far as the republicans confirming her, She will be confirmed because the republicans dont want any beef with the Latino come 2010 and 2012 votes.

    July 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. R in Maine

    Makes sense to me, and it cuts of the Repubs from the opportunity to further embarrass themselves.

    July 16, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. kevin

    all the GOP will do while they are "confirming" is drill the same three questions into the ground, shes going to respond to them the same way, all day, everyday. just confirm her and get on with it.

    July 16, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Dave

    She should be confirmed as the President gets to pick who he/she wants as a Supreme Court justice and she is certainly fit and talented enough to sit on the high court.

    I am a conservative Republican and just glad my party has not and will not get in the gutter and act like Dem's when going through the nomination process, not like the nominations of Justice Alito & Roberts.

    It's the President's choice – Republican Presidents will nominate more conservative judges and Democratic Presidents will nominate more liberal judges, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and that is the way it should be.

    July 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Tom Paine

    "A nominee is entitled to an up or down vote?" How about Miguel Estrada? How about Charles Pickering? How about every other Bush nominee to the courts? Leahy is a hack and so is Sotomayor.

    July 16, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Adam

    Obama will have his quota for a woman racist so maybe next time he can find someone quailfied for the SCOTUS.

    July 16, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Ross

    Next week , she is confirmed.
    GOP don't make fool of your selves. I f you do, then , her commets will come true. She is better than the GOP wh ite men.

    July 16, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Obama Victim

    after the way he drooled over her in the hearings, not surprised................he did everything but invite her to the Hamptons for the weekend

    July 16, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Luke Brown

    She is great. The sooner she gets over there to SCOTUS the better.

    July 16, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Luke Brown

    On the other hand, Pat, let's drag this Sotomayor thing out. Every day she is in the news, the more Republicans show themselves to be world-class idiots.

    July 16, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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