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Washington, DC— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered the following remarks this morning on the floor of the U.S. Senate about nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Ten weeks ago today, President Obama made history when he nominated the nation’s first Hispanic to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, and only the third woman. This week, the Senate will make history when we confirm her.
“Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an American of tremendous qualifications. Both her academic record and her career experience are second to none.
“She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, and went on to do very well at Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Law Review.
“She’s served as a prosecutor, attorney in private practice, trial judge and appellate judge. After she is confirmed, she will be the only justice on the current Supreme Court with experience as a trial judge – experience that I believe will be very valuable to her colleagues.
“She has developed a 17-year record as a moderate, mainstream judge.
“When Judge Sotomayor testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee over four grueling days, she respectfully and thoroughly answered questions from both sides of the aisle.
“This week the full Senate will debate her nomination. I look forward to a full and fair debate.
“I appreciate the statements from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have said they will vote to confirm Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
“Many Senators have very thoughtfully said that they regret how politicized the process of confirming judges has become in recent years. Particularly in light of the battle we had not long ago over the so-called nuclear option, I very much appreciate these sentiments.
“I am disappointed more of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are not likely to support this outstanding nominee, particularly in light of her record and qualifications.
“But I am nevertheless grateful for the respect my colleagues have shown Judge Sotomayor throughout this process.
“I look forward to voting to confirm Judge Sotomayor soon so that she may continue her commendable service to the nation.”