Senate Rejects Federal Court Judge Nomination

The Senate voted 52-43 to invoke cloture on the nomination of Goodwin Liu, of California, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court. The cloture device requires a 3/5 majority to proceed.

All Democrats present voted for the cloture except for Ben Nelson (NE); all Republicans present voted against the cloture except for Lisa Murkowski (AK) who voted for the nomination, and Orrin Hatch (UT) who voted (present).

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