Pryor Says He'll Vote Against Alito Nomination

JANUARY 27, 2006 - Posted at 2:36 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor says he does not believe Judge Samuel Alito will be impartial and has pledged to vote against Aliton's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But Pryor also says he will not support a filibuster to block a Senate vote.

A final vote to make Alito a Supreme Court justice is scheduled for Tuesday, just before President Bush will give his State of the Union address.  Republicans have already lined up enough votes to apparently ensure Alito's confirmation.

Pryor says Alito's opinions as a judge make him doubt whether Alito's ability to sustain the separation of powers.  Pryor says he feels Alito would concentrate too much power with the presidency.

Senator Blanche Lincoln also has pledged to vote against Alito.

Pryor and Lincoln are both Democrats.

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