Jan 30 2006

Democrats Filibuster Alito?

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AlitoGUEST: Elliot Mincberg, Legal Director of People for the American Way

The confirmation of Samuel L Alito to the Supreme Court is still not guaranteed. A test vote is scheduled for Alito today – if he gets the necessary 60 votes, Republicans plan to go ahead with the final vote tomorrow. Democratic senators Edward Kennedy and Jon Kerry are calling for a filibuster to block the nomination but it appears unlikely they will get enough support. California Senator Dianne Feinstein has announced that she would vote against Alito, but then warned her fellow Democrats not to try to block his confirmation with a filibuster. She was quoted as saying, “I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster. This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be on the court.” Feinstein then announced over the weekend that she would support the filibuster.

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