July 16th, 2009
12:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Sotomayor final vote likely in next three weeks

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court now seems virtually guaranteed to move on a fast-track in the U.S. Senate, as a top Republican told senators that he opposes a filibuster and expects a final vote on Sotomayor in the next three weeks.

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, is his party's ranking member on Judiciary Committee.

Thursday morning, as the committee entered its third round of questions for Sotomayor, he told the New York judge that he will oppose any effort to filibuster or block her nomination and that he does not expect Republicans to mount one.

He then said, "I look forward to you getting that vote before we recess in August."

The words immediately sparked murmurs in the hearing room. For weeks, Sessions and other Republicans have been vocal in expressing concerns about any vote before the August recess.

The Democratic caucus now has 60 votes in the Senate and could override a filibuster move if they united, but many questioned if Republicans would try to push back the Sotomayor vote regardless.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's a lost cause for the republicans and they know it.

    July 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    No vote, no vacation.

    After all, they had time for foreign resolutions, BCS wrangling, etc.

    Do some work for citizens or step aside (we'll vote YOU out).

    July 16, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    They know they need the latino and other minoritary vote in the future...so they know better....you know the republican party..they have no choice....Obama is a genius...I love him...

    July 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. ella

    What was the deal with the GOP senators scolding Soto every other minute about being a wise Latina woman?

    Did they not realize that this would be a fiasco for their party? The combined intelligence of the GOP senators doesn't come close to Soto's.

    July 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. R in Maine

    Sessions got the position of senior member because he proved that he was not qualified for any meaningful role.

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