Senate Reaches Cloture On 7th Circ. Nominee Vote

Law360, New York (November 17, 2009, 6:29 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with a vote on Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit nominee Judge David Hamilton, thwarting a last-minute attempt by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to block the nomination.

Senators voted 70-29 to invoke cloture on Judge Hamilton's nomination, clearing the path for an up-or-down confirmation vote, after limited debate, that could come as early as Wednesday.

Hamilton, a federal judge in Indiana who was nominated to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Circuit by President Barack Obama on...
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