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Judge's nomination vote set for Tuesday

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The U.S. Senate leader has filed a motion to limit debate on an Indianapolis judge's nomination for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, setting an hour of debate and roll call vote for Nov. 17.

If the vote happens at that time and senators agree to a cloture motion, it would bring to a close five months of delays involved in the nomination of U.S. Judge David F. Hamilton, chief judge of the Southern District of Indiana who is being considered for the appellate bench.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Tuesday night filed a motion to invoke cloture after hours of debate on a military construction bill pending before the full legislative body. Senators left for a three-day Veterans Day break, and will return on Monday when they will continue debating that issue.

A starting time for the day's business next week hasn't yet been established, but once the H.R. 3082 vote happens on Tuesday, 60 minutes of debate will be split between Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Pat Leahy, D-Vt., and Ranking Minority Member Jeff Sessions, R-Ga. A vote will not happen before 2:15 p.m., and senators will then conduct a roll call vote on the confirmation.

If confirmed, Judge Hamilton would succeed Circuit Judge Kenneth Ripple, who took senior status in September 2008.

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