For Immediate Release
In Historic Senate Vote, Judge Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed to the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON - By a vote of 68 to 31, the Senate today confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement:
"The confirmation of Sotomayor is a historic step for the nation and a triumph of the American way. The efforts by the NRA and the far right to sabotage her nomination failed badly, with a large majority of Senators uniting to confirm her today. Those Senators will not regret their votes.
"Sotomayor is going to make an exceptional Justice and, in time, will win over some of those Senators who put politics over principle to oppose her today. She brings more judicial experience to the Court than any other recent Justice, she reveres the Constitution, and she has a profound understanding of the impact of the law on the daily lives of Americans.
"Some Republican Senators made the calculation that they would be better served by following the lead of right-wing pressure groups rather than the record before them. We believe they miscalculated badly and will come to find that their votes today were on the wrong side of history."
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.