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Sotomayor Nomination

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

SOTOMAYOR NOMINATION -- (Senate - June 09, 2009)


Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, will the Senator yield for a question?

Mr. SCHUMER. I will yield to the Senator.

Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, I ask my colleague, in terms of the public record, is it true not only that this is the longest period of time, but if we were to delay it until September, that would be the longest period of time for consideration of any Justice for the Supreme Court in history?

Mr. SCHUMER. I believe my colleague from Massachusetts is correct.

Mr. KERRY. Certainly much longer than Justice Alito, Justice Roberts or any of the others whom we considered very rapidly?

Mr. SCHUMER. Clearly, longer than Roberts--much longer than Roberts--and somewhat longer than Alito. But Alito had both the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks that were counted in that time, and we all know people are busy celebrating the holidays.

Mr. KERRY. I would also ask my colleague whether there is any rationale here whatsoever, that we have seen, for why this Justice's entire record, which is public, and has been poured over already, requires having the longest period in history, in terms of Justices of the Supreme Court, particularly given the issues that are at stake and the convening of a new Court in October?

Mr. SCHUMER. Well, I thank my colleague, and I think his points are well taken. As I mentioned before, the bottom line is, any lawyer worth his salt--and there are many very qualified lawyers in the minority on the Judiciary Committee--could research this record within a month, easily--easily. Right now, in the buildings here in Washington and in the buildings in New York and in the buildings in Birmingham, AL, are lawyers who have far more extensive research to do in less time and they do it well.


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