This was a vote on confirming Susan Carney to be a U.S. Circuit Court judge in Connecticut.
Under the constitution, the president has the authority to nominate individuals for federal judgeships, but a majority of the Senate must vote in favor of their nomination in order for them to be sworn into office.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) urged support for Carney’s nomination: “I hope the Senate will move swiftly to confirm her to fill one of the open seats on this critically important court. Ms. Carney has truly impressive credentials for appointment to the federal bench. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1973 and magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1977. She then went on to clerk for Judge Levin Campbell on the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She currently serves as deputy general counsel for Yale University, one of the country's great institutions of higher learning, and previously served as an associate general counsel for Yale.…She spent 17 years working as a private practice attorney in Washington, DC, and Boston….As impressive as her commercial and private litigation is is her commitment to pro bono public service work. She engaged in such work throughout her time as a lawyer, offering free legal counsel to pro bono clients and even volunteering as a tutor. Her commitment to the community as well as appropriate legal representation for all clients demonstrates a real respect for the legal system and the fairness, the fundamental fairness of the legal system that I believe should be and is broadly shared by members of the federal bench.”
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said: “…With little enthusiasm for her nomination, I will give her the benefit of the doubt and support the nominee.” He did, however, voice concerns raised by opponents of Carney’s nomination: “My concern with Ms. Carney's nomination is her lack of experience. She has no judicial experience and has limited litigation experience. She has never authored any scholarly legal works of note, and much of her work product provided to the committee consists of presentations about various legal issues faced by research universities. Her qualifications for the court of appeals and, indeed, the reason for the President's decision to nominate her to the Second Circuit remains somewhat of a mystery….This nominee does not have the concrete judicial experience I favor. I know others share this view. The Judiciary Committee reported this nominee by a vote of 15 to 3, with three Republicans in opposition, not including this senator. I take their views seriously and fully understand why senators would not support this nomination.”
The Senate confirmed Carney’s nomination by a vote of 71-28. All 52 Democrats present and 19 Republicans voted “yea.” 28 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the Senate confirmed Susan Carney to be a U.S. Circuit Court judge in Connecticut.