Thursday, June 09, 2005

William H. Pryor confirmed

In an interesting vote today, Judge William H. Pryor, allowed to get past a filibuster by virtue of the compromise, was confirmed. The vote was 53-45.

The New York Times explains the vote breakdown:
"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."
Had the Democratic caucus voted together, with the power of Jeffords and Murkowski, Judge Pryor still would've been confirmed by a 51-49 vote. It would've have been the closest vote yet for a Bush judicial nominee.

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