Merkley Announces Intention to Vote to Confirm Judge Sotomayor

WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon’s Senator
Jeff Merkley announced today that he would vote to confirm Supreme Court
nominee, Judge Sonya Sotomayor.  His announcement comes after the
Judiciary Committee has completed a week of confirmation hearings.

“In my conversation with her and
again in her testimony before the Judiciary Committee, I was struck by Judge
Sotomayor’s close attention to details, tremendous breadth of understanding,
and strong respect for precedent.  Her long service on the bench has given
us ample opportunity to review her record, and she is clearly a judge whose
commitment and fidelity to the Constitution and its abiding principles shines
through.  I am confident that she will be an outstanding addition to our
Court and look forward to casting my vote in favor of her confirmation.”