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Kennedy Seeks Alito Filibuster

A group of Democrats is planning to delay proceedings this afternoon when the U.S. Senate is slated to close debate before scheduling a confirmation vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito.

The ballot is likely to take place Tuesday, just hours before President Bush's State of the Union Address.

Massachusetts Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy, among others, plan to employ a debate-and-delay filibuster to hold up the confirmation vote. They need 41 of the 44 Democrats in the Senate to sustain the debate and delay move.

Bob Oakes speaks with Senator Kennedy.

This program aired on January 30, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

Bob Oakes Twitter Host, Morning Edition
Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992.

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