For Immediate Release
Mark McCullough, (202) 730-7283
SEIU Statement Following Senate Vote Confirming Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON - Statement
from SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on the U.S. Senate’s 68-31
vote today confirming Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination as associate justice
to the Supreme Court of the United States:
“Today’s vote by the U.S. Senate
to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, to serve as the first
Latina justice, is truly historic. Throughout her nomination, Judge
Sotomayor demonstrated that she is a stellar jurist with a commitment
to uphold the constitutional rights of all. The janitors, nurses,
security guards, bus drivers and other hardworking members of SEIU have
proudly stood with her because her personal story of achievement has
given her a rare insight into the lives of people who get up and go to
work each day to make a better life for their families.
“Unfortunately, Judge Sotomayor’s
intelligence, open-mindedness and deep respect for the Constitution and
the rule of law, fell onto the deaf ears of too many Republican
senators. They chose to side with the right-wing extremist base of
their party instead of serving the interests of their districts as a
whole. The short-term gain they realize in their campaign fundraising
will be outweighed by their continued disconnect with the hopes and
dreams of the hardworking American families they claim to represent.
“It is unfortunate that a historic
nomination such as Judge Sotomayor’s, one that will positively impact
our nation for years to come, has been caught in the partisan politics
of the past. America voted for a new direction last November and SEIU’s
members will keep holding Congress accountable to the promises they
made on the campaign trail.”
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