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The “yeahs” are 68 and the “nays” are 31. The US Senate handed President Obama a historic victory Thursday as it overwhelmingly approved his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the US Supreme Court.
Senate majority leader Harry Reed:
“This is truly historic, for our entire nation, but especially for the young Latinos in this country. We will see in judge Sotomayor concrete evidence of the heights to which they can legitimately aspire.”
Democrats held Sotomayor as a fair-minded jurat with 17 year experience as a federal judge. Judiciary Committee Chairman, Patrick Leahy:
“She is a judge of unimpeachable character and integrity.”
But most republicans claim Sotomayor lacked impartiality and voted against her nomination. Warren Hatch is Utah’s senior senator:
“I have been very very concerned about this nomination and I feel very badly that I have to vote negatively. It’s not what I wanted to do when this process started. But I believe that I am doing the honorable and right thing, even though I feel badly about it.”
Ultimately, the Senate voted 68 to 31 to confirm Sotomayor with 9 republicans breaking ranks.
That’s half an hour after the Senate vote, President Obama praised the Supreme Court’s newest edition:
“Like so many other aspects of this nation, I am filled with pride in this achievement and great confidence that Judge Sotomayor will make an outstanding Supreme Justice.”
Sotomayor will be the 3rd woman justice to sit on the Supreme Court. A swear-in ceremony will happen at the US Supreme Court Building on Saturday.
John Decker, Reuters.
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