November 17th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
12 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. GI Joe

    Vote the GOP OBstructionists out. They are holding the entire nation hostage and I'M SICK OF IT.

    VOTE THE GOP OBSTRUCTIONISTS OUT. if they can't do anything to help US, they need to go. We need our government working FOR us, not against us.

    November 17, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    Of course the Republicans are going to do everything possible to stop anything President Obama wants to do, even it is at the expense of what is good for american. And they call themselves Americans. Sounds like a bunch of commie's to me.

    November 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Bipartisanship in a 70 to 29 vote? Sen. Sessions has to be pouting now.

    November 17, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Tired of the whining

    Does that mean that a few Republicans are breaking ranks? If so, that is a good sign for our country.

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

    Hopefully the Dems might get to like the taste of winning instead of deferring to the party of No. Bipartisan ship is a myth when considered by only one party.

    November 17, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Preco

    I am not suprised!

    The GOP is really a mess at this time and do not forget, some blue dog dems too!

    November 17, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Ndubueze Chuku

    This is good news. I am glad some GOP senators saw reason in ending this filibuster against the nomination of Judge David Hamilton. You do not play politics in everything. If someone is qualified for a job, the person ought to be given a chance to serve no matter the person political leaning or ideology.

    November 17, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Independent

    This is why Obama will serve two terms as President, No matter what he does the GOP will find fault with this stupidity is old already

    November 17, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. andy

    Obama's senators. The party of bullies and liberals. They don't care of the outcome, just doing it because can. America is failing and it's not Bush's fault.

    November 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. [R]s are Dumbasrocks

    Another victory against the wearing-their-panties-too-tight crowd. What a bunch of party-first, country-last neo-morons the [R]s are.

    November 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Craig Marker

    Move forward!

    November 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. TexasLiberal

    YEA, the GOP had their chance to BUY justice for the Bushies and their friends (Carl Rove hope they indict you).

    Now the Dems should get enough guts to stick it to the nasty GOP.

    November 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Michael Johnson

    It's time we shut the thugs up and acted like a majority party. You can't reason with insanity. Stop trying.

    November 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Marie Laveaux

    Right on!

    November 17, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Dan in KS

    Well it's about time Dems stood up and said enough is enough. they have the majority and should use it to do what they were elected to do.

    November 17, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. jeff

    The GOP trys to stand in the way of every thing that wasn't their idea,Maybe they should just admit that there is a black democrat in the white house!

    November 17, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Gregg Goins

    The Dems need to fight fire with fire here as the GOP will use every tactic to push their agenda.

    November 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Bob Semler

    The Democrats have been using, or at least attempting, to just rubber-stamp what ever Obama wants rather that perform what they were elected to do: server the interest of the people who put them there.

    November 17, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Andy from CA

    Whoever thought obstructionism was dead with the election of democratic judicial and executive branches sure had another thought coming. This, after all, is the United States where the impossible is made possible and the next three years will be a roller coaster.

    November 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. ForSerious

    What are the Republicans tired of saying no?

    November 17, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. suresh

    It looks like the party of NO will have many more such filibusters. Once they have decided that anything Obama does they will oppose, there is no middle ground.

    November 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Kevin Cantu

    How about we fillerbuster all of Congress and the Federal court system including the U.S. Supreme Court. The Federal system is a joke to begin with and the states are no better....

    November 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Jack

    This happens with every President. Republicans in the Senate during Clinton's term held up scores of his judicial nominations. When Democrats did the same during the Bush administration, Republicans screeched endlessly about it. I find it interesting that it got a lot more press coverage when it was the Dems playing these games than when Republicans did it, especially since the mainstream media is supposedly so "liberal."

    November 17, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Sean

    Too liberal because he ruled that a legislative body could not use a specific religion's holy book as part of procedures. Pure class.

    November 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. clr

    hopefully the republicans will keep doing this – stalling / delaying any and everything the uber-leftists try to ram through. That way it FORCES the liberals to have to fully vote (and therefore take responsibility of) anything going through. None of this hiding behind voting "present" like obammy did – and getting away with it. That will let candidates running to replace the very unpopular house and senate be able to call all of these politicians out on each and every vote they make.

    November 17, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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