Byrd to Attend Sotomayor Vote
By Paul Kane
Marking his second appearance since a hospitalization May 15, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) will be on hand Thursday to cast his vote for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be Supreme Court justice.
Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters that Byrd would be there for the formal 3 p.m. vote for Sotomayor, the second time the 91-year-old, the longest-serving senator ever, will cast a vote since being released from an undisclosed hospital in early July.
Administration and congressional officials believe the final tally for Sotomayor would be 68 "aye" votes when the roll call occurs, done from the formal setting of all senators seated at their desks as opposed to the normal setting of the 100 senators milling about the floor giving the clerks thumbs up or thumbs down signals.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is suffering from terminal brain cancer, will not be on hand, leaving 59 senators on the Democratic side of the aisle for the vote. All 59, as well as nine Republicans, are expected to support Sotomayor's confirmation.
August 6, 2009; 1:13 PM ET
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