08.06.09

Senate Confirms Sotomayor To Nation’s High Court

WASHINGTON – The Senate has confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to become the 111th Justice of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan vote of 68-31.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) applauded the confirmation of the historic nomination.  Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.
 
“It has been my privilege to have participated in the confirmation of a dozen Justices to the Supreme Court.  I have considered each of those nominations with an understanding of that solemn responsibility.  My vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor is among those I am most proud to have cast.
 
“Throughout the Senate debate on this historic nomination, I have echoed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’  The confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor brings us closer to realizing the goal of a more perfect Union.
 
“The confirmation of this immensely qualified individual, with her long history of public service, is an historic moment for the Senate, the judiciary, the Hispanic community, and each and every American.  Her life story is the essence of the American dream.  Regardless of our differences, this is a moment in which we can all celebrate the belief that in America, all things are possible.  History will recall this time when we crossed paths with the quintessentially American journey of Sonia Sotomayor, and when the country took yet another step forward in fulfilling the promise of our great Nation.”

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