Confirmation of Samuel Alito No "Done Deal," Filibuster Possible on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Confirmation of Samuel Alito No "Done Deal," Filibuster Possible on Abortion Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 11, 2006

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-abortion member of the Senate Judiciary Committee says confirmation of Samuel Alito to serve on the Supreme Court is not a "done deal" and he said a filibuster on the Senate floor is still possible because of Alito’s views on abortion.

"I wouldn’t say that," Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told CNN in response to a question about whether the nomination was a "done deal" barring any gaffe by Alito in the rest of the hearings.

"The real question remains with the Democrats, and that is, do we try to block a nominee by filibuster," Schumer said. "We’ve done it in a rare number, a small number, of people who are extreme, and that’s a question we’ll have to ask after Judge Alito’s hearings."

Schumer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview that a filibuster is possible because of Alito’s view on abortion.

"As you know I questioned him pretty hard on Roe v. Wade. I came to a conclusion that in all likelihood he would vote to overturn," Schumer said.

"That was increased this morning by Senator Durbin’s questioning, made it — you know, it seemed even more so. And that’s something that’ll have to be weighed along with other issues," Schumer added.

"I would say it is certainly not off the table at this point," Schumer concluded. "But I would also say that I don’t think anyone on the committee, certainly myself and anyone I’ve talked to, has said we definitely should."

Observers exoect Alito to be confirmed for the high court because he enjoys solid support from the 55 Republicans in the Senate and many of the more moderate Democrats have made positive remarks about his nomination.