BREAKING NEWS ~ Kerry to try Alito filibuster

BREAKING NEWS ~ Kerry to try Alito filibuster

[JURIST] CNN is reporting that Democratic Senator John Kerry, joined by Edward Kennedy and perhaps other Democrats will attempt a filibuster to block the US Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive]. Kerry, currently in Switzerland attending the World Economic Forum, is trying to raise support for the strategy, which would block a confirmation vote. Republicans would need 60 votes to overcome any filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has scheduled a cloture vote [Senate backgrounder] for Monday afternoon, that if successful, would end debate on the nomination. A final vote would then be held Tuesday morning. CNN has more.