Senate Votes for Cloture on David Hamilton
November 18, 2009
On November 17th, the Senate voted 70-29 in favor of cloture on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the Court of Appeals for the 7 th Circuit. This paves the way for an up or down vote on his nomination in the near future and clears the final procedural obstacle for President Obama’s first judicial nominee. Some in the Senate had threatened to use a filibuster option in order to prevent the body from cutting off debate to allow for a final vote, but despite this opposition the cloture vote garnered 10 more votes than the necessary 60, with 10 Republicans joining all 60 members of the Democratic caucus in voting to cut off debate. Republicans voting for the measure included Senators Alexander (R-TN), Chambliss (R-GA), Collins (R-ME), Cornyn (R-TX), Gregg (R-NH), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IN), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), and Thune (R-SD).
A final vote was expected later this week, with up to 30 hours of debate remaining available if necessary.