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May 5, 2011

Senate Votes - John McConnell Nomination

Nomination of John J. McConnell, Jr. of Rhode Island to be U.S. District Judge

Speech: Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (no relation)

Speech: Mr. Alexander

Cloture Motion Agreed to by 30 votes: 63-33, 3 not voting (3/5 required)

Nomination Confirmed by 6 votes: 50-44, 5 not voting

Senate Thwarts Filibuster on Judge
The Senate votes to have a confirmation vote on a nominee from Rhode Island who has been attacked as being hostile to business.

Senate confirms controversial nominee
Senate Democrats on Wednesday overcame a filibuster driven by a small group of Republicans and confirmed John McConnell to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. The approval came in a 50-44 vote. Because of the filibuster threat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was forced to a file a cloture motion on McConnell's confirmation on Monday in order to allow deliberation to proceed. McConnell became just the fourth district court nominee in more than 60-years to have a cloture motion filed on his confirmation.

Judicial vote reveals rift in GOP
It sharply highlights the different visions and styles of two men trying to climb the Senate GOP ranks.

Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge
Pro-life advocates say McConnell is a pro-abortion stalwart who doesn’t deserve a place in the federal courts. McConnell disclosed in his public questionnaire that he was director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island from 1997 until 2001.

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