The senators started to voted after 4:30 p.m. Around 4:15 p.m. the senators started discussing the nominees in executive session. The session can last up to an hour, after which they will come back for a public confirmation vote.
Just before 4 p.m., the U.S. Senate took a break from discussion on wiretapping to move on judicial nominations. A unanimous confirmation appeared on the agenda Wednesday, calling for consideration of Magistrate William T. Lawrence for the Southern District judgeship and current Arizona Court of Appeals Judge G. Murray Snow to the District of Arizona. Indiana's Republican Sen. Richard Lugar has just read a statement urging senators to vote for Magistrate Lawrence.
The president had selected him in February to succeed Judge John D. Tinder, who the Senate confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals late last year. He won unanimous consent from the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 22.
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