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. Chuck

    Protectionism and Energy Independence are the only way to prosperity

    November 17, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Pick

    Idiocy is not the path of democracy or of a republic. Is wrong to thing a majority of one side is tyrannical? No, so to say such after the tides have shifted is mere hypocrisy. Let Government work and shut the idiots up and out of office, on both sides.

    November 17, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Pick

    Also, do not think because you read CNN, you are an enlightened American. Most of these comments are garbage and they represent the pathetic state of our country. Ignorance lies within the faults of ourselves not to see the truth, not in that of others.

    November 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Eric

    Demacrats filibustered several Bush court nominees starting in 2006 or 2007. This looks like 'quid pro quo' to me.

    November 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Alan

    I want to know when the whiner libs are going to come up with something other the the phrase "party of no". Everytime there is a story on here some idiot has to put that phrase in thier comments. Come on people be original and come up with something that others haven't already beat into the ground.

    November 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. stephen Pagnozzi

    Its such a sad testament to our 2 party system that one of them are in the midst of such a shock after the election that all they can do is two things, sulk, and bad mouth. All you hear are negatives from them, Look at Guiliani, he's condemning our bringing these terrorist to justice all because they are going to receive a fair trial in New York. What does he think, that the jury is going to let them go? Here is a Politician who either has no faith in our political system, or is just ranting because the Democrats have the floor. I think it's the latter!

    November 17, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. Jake

    Go Democrats! get the work done without all the dead weight of the GOP. they will do nothing for four years in hopes of an Obama administration failure

    so twisted!

    November 17, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Obama Is A Criminal

    All of you whining, guilt-ridden, crazy DEMOCRATS can stick it.

    November 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Cindy

    Yes, but the Dems AREN'T turning our crippled country around like we elected them to do. I hate to admit it, being a life-long Democrat myself, but Congress is doing a TERRIBLE job and aren't getting anything done. Can you think of a single thing that's actually different, beside perception? Gitmo is still open. Wars are still raging. Environment is still being polluted at same rates. Wolves are still delisted and being gunned. I could go on all day. What changes have we really seen? I still have faith but it's wavering. Typical Democratic circular firing squad is all I'm seeing.

    November 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. About time

    Thank you Dems.

    Stop letting GOP bullies have their way. Their day is over.

    I know you're trying to make nice, but all they understand is the brute force of power. So, let's show it to them.

    November 17, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Chuck H Jasper, Georgia

    Do you GOP supporters even understand what a filibuster is? A vote could not be taken on the issue of moving forward with Hamiltons appointment because the "confusitives" kept debating in an attempt to stop a vote from taking place. They finally relented and stopped debating. If you even read the preceeding article and had a clue as to what was happening you would not bring up the numbers matter as to which party has more members in the Senate. Your just a bunch of confused ,individuals that have no clue as to why, how, and what of Senate procedures. Some of you have education levels and I.'Q.'s so low you have no ability to comprehend what you read much less understand it.

    November 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    So much for the EVERY JUDGE DESERVES AN UP AND DOWN VOTE crap Repulifreaks spewed every day when Sammy the Fish Alito was nominated.

    How do you Republicans live with yourseleves? such hypocrisy?

    Good God you are some of the nastiest, filthiest people in the world. You know that according to the Bible , the last circle of Hell is especially made for hypocrites and traitors. That is way lower than what the murderers get, but then again, maybe you'll meet your hero Reagan there so its a win-win for you.

    November 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Tired of stupidity

    I love the pro-GOP comments on this were you guys even awake 2000-2006? Everything that you are blaming the Dems for doing the Rethuglicans did ten fold so quit your whinning no one likes a whinner isn't that what you tell liberals, you hypocrites.

    November 17, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Tom M

    Hello McFly????? Dems have the majority in senate and congress. Hello??? McFly????
    Dems have the majority....hello???? Hello???? Is this thing on?

    So you are blaming the republicans who are the minority in both house and congress??? Makes about as much sense as electing someone with 0 expierence.

    November 17, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. pat

    Better enjoy it now Obamacrats.

    In the real world, this countries citizens are getting pretty pissed with the liberal agenda your Mr. Perfect is espousing.

    When one of the big terrorists gets off because he was not given his Miranda rights or some other liberal half baked reason, or Bin Laden hit's New York again during the trial, dear ole Obama is going to get roasted.

    But – he just doing the right thing?

    Some of you might get out more often and quit getting your news from the internet.

    November 17, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Steve

    This is the same old republic party that stalled and delayed nominations during Clinton's last two years preventing nominations from going forward. They should drop dead. Obama won the presidency and they should just get the heck out of the way.

    November 17, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Jay

    Please end the filibuster once and for all. It is prohibiting progress in this country.

    November 17, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Chip

    The GOP is useless, unnecessary and decidedly unAmerican. Vote em out.

    November 17, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. mark maxwell

    Our politicians confuse the people with how liberal and conservative representatives must be and never serve the needs and aspirations of the people.We are not interest in these terms.we want representatives who would serve the people.

    November 17, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Bob

    The right-wing always rails against so-called judicial activism, but only when liberal (by their definition) judges are involved. If their favorite conservative judge exercises the same kind of activism, the right-wing claims that judge is just upholding the constitution. I'm tired of listening to them play that number.

    November 17, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. New Age Independent

    Great... Judge Hamilton another ACORN product. I'm amazed that so many of you fail to notice the problems with this nominee. Or are you still blinded by the empty promises of transparency?

    November 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    The liberals have hijacked the democrats They are leaning to the left so far that the democrats fell off. If the libs get their way, we will all be on welfare. That guarantees them re-election. That is everything to politicians. Getting re-elected is all that matters. Everyone who is dependent on the government will continue to vote for those the are dependent upon.

    They don't see what's coming. The 2010 election will be a revolution of change.

    November 17, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. jason

    The GOP is just voting with their beliefs just like the Dems do, so why all the hate for them?

    People keep calling the GOP the party of no, well isnt that better than being a party of spineless yes men like the Dems are?

    November 17, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Nick San Diego

    The Right Wing fringe has take total control of the Republican Party and will take it over the cliff.
    If they continue to be OBSTRUCTIONISTS and show a total disregard for the countrys business, they will alianate even the moderates.
    Just look at the 23rd in N.Y. state.
    People want things done and N O W . We are in no mood for pettiness.
    Don't let those tea baggers and birthers fool you. They are LOUD and make NOISE, but they are still a VERY small fringe.

    November 17, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. Michael

    Good for America, good for the Democrats, good for the Republicans who voted to break the filibuster... Bad for the right wing conservatives who continue to slow progress

    November 17, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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