Leahy Hopes for Tuesday Vote on Sotomayor

Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:07am

Updated: 12:20 p.m.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that he hopes to hold a vote on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination on Tuesday.

However, Republican Members are unlikely to allow for the vote to happen so quickly.

Under committee rules, any Member can force a week delay in the vote, and a senior GOP aide indicated such a request would be forthcoming. Requesting a postponement is “pretty much standard practice now,— the aide said.

Leahy made the announcement during a break in the panel’s questioning of Sotomayor, now in her fourth day of hearings.

Meanwhile, Judiciary ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said a filibuster of Sotomayor’s nomination was not in the offing, and predicted the Senate would confirm her to the high court before the start of the August recess.

“I don’t think any Member of this side will support a filibuster. … I look forward to getting you that vote before the recess in August,— Sessions said during the final round of questioning of Sotomayor.