Feinstein: Senate Should Confirm Sotomayor Before Anything Else

Posted June 2, 2009 at 6:27pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) suggested Tuesday evening that the Senate should make confirming Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court its No. 1 priority.“I think we ought to do this nomination before we do health care. Health care could go on for months on the floor. This has a beginning, a middle and an end,— Feinstein said after a meeting with the high court pick. Feinstein, a member of the Judiciary Committee, noted that in her session with Sotomayor, the two discussed the issue of abortion. The California Democrat, who favors abortion rights, seemed assured that Sotomayor would not overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.“We had a conversation in general about that,— Feinstein said. “I think she’s a woman who’s really steeped in the law and she has a respect for precedent, and that she really means that.—Sotomayor canvassed the halls of the Capitol on Tuesday, meeting with 10 influential Senators including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a host of Judiciary Committee members. Feinstein, who was Sotomayor’s last meeting of the day, called the get-together “warm— and “personal.— Sotomayor, tapped by President Barack Obama to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Justice David Souter, will spend two more days on Capitol Hill this week. Her first stop Wednesday: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).