Obama Wants Sotomayor Confirmed Before August Recess
By Paul Kane
President Obama has set a deadline of a confirmation vote on nominee Sonia Sotamayor by the start of the Senate's five-week recess, slated to begin Aug. 7.
That timeline is achievable by historical standards, unless something appears in her background that is controversial and grinds the nomination process to a halt.
Four years ago, when they controlled the process, Republicans said the vetting and pre-hearing process takes six weeks. Over the last three decades of nomination fights, any announcement of a nominee by mid-June or earlier resulted in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the end of July.
At this rate, the committee could hold mid-July hearings and still have three weeks for consideration and full Senate debate after that, to get a confirmation vote by Aug. 7.
Posted at 11:10 AM ET on May 26, 2009
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