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Leahy Pushes for Holder Confirmation Vote Next Week

Now that Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder’s confirmation hearings have more or less wrapped up (he still has to answer some questions in writing to a few members of the minority), Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has scheduled a vote Wednesday to send the nomination to the full Senate, the day after President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

In order to vote to move the nomination out of the Judiciary Committee, ten members (a majority) must be present and support the action. The Democrats have ten members on the committee — though Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) will probably not be able to attend. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is the committee’s lone Republican who has openly voiced his support for Holder’s nomination. Though the Republicans seemed generally positive about Holder yesterday, many are waiting for answers to their written questions and are still weighing the importance of Holder’s involvement with the FALN and Marc Rich pardons before they make up their minds.

We’ll be covering the vote on Wednesday so be sure to check back.

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