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Republicans Buy Some Time on Sotomayor Vote

July 21, 2009


vote on sonia sotomayor supreme court nomination delayed

Senate Republicans Tuesday pushed back the vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor by one week, saying they need the time to further vet her judicial record.

But Republican Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he doesn't believe Republicans will try to block her nomination, USA Today reported.

Republicans' decision to exercise their right to delay the vote by a week comes after a grueling, weeklong confirmation hearing in which Republicans grilled Sotomayor about her politics. For instance, they tried to seize on her 2001 statement that a "wise Latina woman" might be in a better position to make good judgements than a white male. But by and large, the hearing was viewed as uneventful, which plays to Sotomayor's benefit.

The committee is now scheduled to vote on July 28, keeping her on track for a full Senate vote by early August.

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