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Senate Expected to Confirm Sotomayor Today

After a 12-hour debate yesterday during which senators largely repeated the same arguments for and against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor that we heard

William Willis
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 06, 2009

After a 12-hour “debate” yesterday during which senators largely repeated the same arguments for and against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor that we heard during her confirmation hearing, the Senate is set to vote on the nominee today.

Although there’s no question that Sotomayor will be confirmed, she’s expected to receive only about ten Republican votes, at best, dashing President Obama’s initial hopes of winning strong bipartisan support for his first high court nominee. Concerns about guns, property rights and her alleged bias in favor of Latinas have dominated the Republicans’ explanations for why they won’t support her — though payback for Obama’s frequently mentioned votes as a senator against Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and the Democrats’ refusal to allow a vote on appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada, also seemed to motivate Sotomayor’s GOP opponents.

Given that Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court, the strong Republican opposition could have costs for the party.

As Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said at a rally yesterday: “To say you cannot vote for this qualified Latina sends a message to us, as a community, that we will not forget.”

William Willis | William Willis is a freelance writer and social media manager who specializes in assisting finance professionals and Fintech entrepreneurs in growing their online audience and attracting more paying customers. William worked as a bank teller and virtual assistant for financial firms in the United States and the United Kingdom for six years before beginning her writing career. William is a strong force in the workplace, inspiring others to work hard and excel with her optimistic attitude and boundless energy. He enjoys hiking, crocheting, and playing video games with her grandchildren in her spare time.

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