UPDATED: Sessions Will Vote to Block David Hamilton

Created: November 16, 2009 16:10 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, just said on the Senate floor that he will vote against cloture on the nomination of David Hamilton, the district court judge in Indiana nominated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sessions earlier wrote a letter to his colleagues urging them to oppose Hamilton.

Update: In fact, that quote above, which I took from The Washington Monthly, was Sessions quoting Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), not Sessions speaking for himself.

However, Sessions himself said in 2003, referring to a filibuster of judicial nominations: “People on both sides of the aisle have understood it to be wrong. They have understood it to be in violation of the Constitution. . . . Mr. President, these nominees are entitled to an up-and-down vote. If a Member does not like them, he or she can vote against them. But it is time to move these nominees.”

Later that year on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Sessions complained that Democrats “blocked an up-or-down vote by carrying out the filibuster rule, and I think that’s a very, very grim thing. It should not occur.”