May 28 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement today regarding the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court:
“I congratulate Judge Sotomayor on her nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
“Each member of the Senate has a constitutional duty to scrutinize judicial nominees before deciding whether to support their confirmation, and I will take great care in examining her record to ensure that she demonstrates personal integrity, a commitment to the rule of law, and a judicial temperament.
“To that end, when John Roberts was first nominated on July 19, 2005, and subsequently re-nominated to be Chief Justice on September 6, 2005, Senate Republicans afforded the minority ample time to adequately examine his background and qualifications before he received a confirmation vote 73 days later.
“When Samuel Alito was first nominated on October 31, 2005, the minority was afforded 93 days before he received a confirmation vote on January 31, 2006.
“I would expect that Senate Democrats will afford the minority the same courtesy as we move forward with this process.”