Thursday, January 05, 2006
By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer - 33 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are considering a plan that could delay a committee vote on Samuel Alito's Supreme Court nomination for at least a week, slowing what could have been a quick confirmation for 's pick to replace retiring Justice .
Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter had hoped to hold a committee vote on Alito's nomination Jan. 17, a little over a week from Monday's start of the federal appellate judge's confirmation hearings.
Senate leadership aides said Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, told Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., that Democrats will invoke their right to hold the Alito committee vote over for one week. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced yet.
Democrats insisted that a final decision has not been made. "We want to see how the hearing goes, procedurally and substantially, before allowing them to accelerate the vote for a week," said Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., a member of the Judiciary Committee. "That's what we've always said."
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