Senate Votes for Cloture on Hamilton; Sessions Loses on Filibuster
The Senate just voted 70 – 29 for cloture, meaning the nomination of David Hamilton to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will receive an up-or-down vote. The vote for cloture was a victory for the Obama administration and Senate Democrats who sought to push the nomination forward, and a loss for Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who tried to block cloture and keep a vote from coming to the Senate floor.
The official roll call hasn’t been posted yet, but according to People for the American Way, which has been following the Hamilton nomination closely and pushing for a vote, the following ten Republican Senators voted with all Democrats to support cloture: Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), John Cornyn (Texas), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Richard Lugar (Ind.), John Thune (S.D.), Judd Gregg (N.H.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).