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Senior Democrat warns against Alito filibuster

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) [official website] warned Sunday against any filibuster by Democrats to stall the vote for US Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito [official profile, JURIST news archive]. Feinstein plans to vote against Alito but said "this might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court." Although there has been talk of a filibuster [JURIST report], Democrats will likely be unable to muster the 41 votes needed to sustain it. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official profile] insists, however, that a filibuster is still a possibility, "It's premature to say anything till we fully assess the record." All 10 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] have announced they will vote to confirm the nomination and the Senate's 55 Republicans are expected to follow. AP has more.

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