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Speaker Lineup, Leahy's Opening Remarks

Today's speakers will include:

Democrats --
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Chairman
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)
Sen. Russ Feingold (Wisc.)
Sen. Charles Schumer (NY)
Sen. Richard Durbin (Ill.)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (Md.)
Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.)
Sen. Amy Kobuchar (Minn.)
Sen. Ted Kaufam (Del.)
Sen. Arlen Specter (Penn.)
Sen. Al Franken (Minn.)

Republicans --
Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Ranking Member
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah)
Sen. Charles Grassley (Iowa)
Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.)

Witness: Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court

Opening Remarks Courtesy of CQ Transcriptions

CHAIRMAN LEAHY: Good morning, everyone.

Judge, it's good to see you back and your -- and your family.

Judge Sotomayor, yesterday, you answered questions from 11 senators. Frankly, I freely demonstrated your commitment to the fair and impartial application of law. You certainly demonstrated your composure and patience and your extensive legal knowledge.

Today, we'll have questioning from the remaining eight members of the committee, and then just to set the schedule, once we have finished that questioning, we will arrange a time to go into the traditional -- something we do every time for the street nominee -- traditional closed-door session which is usually not very lengthy, and then go back to others.

I've talked about Senator Sessions. We will then go to a second round of questions of no more than 20 minutes each. I've talked with a number of senators who have told me they will not use anywhere near that 20 minutes, although every senator has the right to do it. And I would hope we might be able to wrap it up.

But we're going to go to Senator Cornyn, himself a former member of the Texas Supreme Court and former attorney general.

Check back shortly for excerpts of Cornyn's questioning and Sotomayor's answers.

By Washington Post editors  |  July 15, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Hearings , Supreme Court  
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