Thursday, June 09, 2005

Didn't waste any time, did they?

Just up on the NY Times online (there's more in article online):

June 9, 2005
Senate Approves Judicial Nominee as Filibuster Deal Holds

Judge William H. Pryor Jr., one of President Bush's embattled judicial nominees, was confirmed by the Senate today for a seat on the federal appeals court that covers Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

The Senate voted, 53-45, to confirm Judge Pryor for a lifetime appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta. He has been sitting on the tribunal since early 2004 under a temporary presidential appointment that would have expired late this year without the Senate confirmation.

Three Republicans voted against confirmation - Senator Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine, and Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island. Two Democrats voted in favor - Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Ken Salazar of Colorado. Two senators did not vote - James Jeffords, Independent of Vermont, and Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska.

Judge Pryor, 43, is the last of three controversial Bush court nominees to win confirmation after many months of filibusters, or threats of filibusters, by Senate Democrats. The other two, Judges Priscilla R. Owen and Janice Rogers Brown, have already been confirmed, for seats on the Fifth Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit, respectively. (cont. online NY Times)


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