November 17th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
13 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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soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Brett F.

    to all those people complaining about partisan politics, wake up! partisan politics have been american politics since the dawn of our nation. It's not ever going away as long as we remain some form of democracy. I'm not saying we shouldn't be a democracy, it's just how democracy works.
    Politicians could never get elected if they didn't have a polarized electorate so they pander to it. A politician who appealed to everyone would convince no one despite how genuine they may be. The only way to eliminate partisan politics would be to agree on all the passionate ideals each side has and that is just impossible.

    November 17, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. PAUL

    BURY THE GOP, the party of hate and bigotry. This is a Tory Party, in my opinion it has evolved into an anti American Party and should be abolished, just like the Nazi Party has been abolished in Germany. They will surely destroy our Natiion.

    November 17, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Repugs and Blue Dog traitors, get outta the way! You are slowing down progress on fixing 8 years of Bush/Repug Congress/right-tilting Supreme Court induced damage. And Repugs whine about the slow pace of Obama's progress.

    November 17, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. kr

    The GOP party is an embarrassment to this country. Their only thoughts and words are NO and they are definitely working against the American people and I do not understand how they can perceive what they are doing any other way. They would destroy this country to make this administration fail; they cannot realize to do that they are making American fail and our soldiers that are fighting for our freedom are fighting in vain.

    November 17, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. InCT

    The democrats in congress get together behind closed doors to decide on policies and proposals. They come out of the room to vote and then say the GOP is the party of No because they don't vote with them. Nice!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Party of NO

    GOP has nothing to offer but NO. The GOP would rather do everything possible to defeat Obama's initiatives than to be a part of the solution. Thanks for nothing GOP.

    November 17, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. keb

    The GOP is a cohesive mafia. The democratic party is an assemblage
    of saints,rif-rafs and greedies. Easy to see which one has unity!
    Remember only one side of coin is a head.

    November 17, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. ekricket

    Filibuster – The term first came into use in the United States Senate, where Senate rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless a 3/5ths of the Senate (60 out of 100 Senators elected and sworn), brings debate to a close by invoking cloture.

    There are currently 60 Democrat Senators, who can stop a filibuster anytime they wish. A wholly Republican filibuster is impossible in the current Senate makeup. In other words, the only way that the Republicans can filibuster anything is if they have Democrat Senator support.

    November 17, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Shelly CO

    The Grand Obstructionist Party.......they do not care about America or the American people. They are sore losers and are trying to make it difficult for this President at every turn.
    In the past, GOP Sen. Lugar strongly endorsed Judge Hamilton as a Federal district judge in Indiana. So what is the noise for?
    Need to GROW UP, GOP!!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans can't work together so how could anyone possibly think they could work for you. I hold the Republicans responsible for all these called armed American terrorist who want to create fear and who need to understand our military will use force far beyond their arsenal of guns to protect all Americans. The Republicans are infilltrated with the worst of the worst, but they can't and won't win.

    November 17, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. US vs. NO (good) party

    Where's your militia GOP? On Yahoo? On Fox? Where's Doubs with his Einsteins deep eyes and 3rd grade IQ?
    This is finito ma man! All of you make yourself a nice cup of tea (goodbye party) and go!
    The New System is here already: DEMOCRACY!

    November 17, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Eva from Tampa

    It is about time Democrats. You are the behave like it! After the 8 years of Bush and his extremist ideology–it will take years to undo the damage. The party of No can be crushed-so DO IT!

    November 17, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is nice to see that some Republicans can see reason. There are some Republicans/Conservatives that support this nominee.

    November 17, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Dave

    Wow! More attempted obstruction by the GOP – what a surprise! Idiots...

    November 17, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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