The Senate also voted 53 to 45 Thursday to confirm William Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he was already temporarily seated thanks to a recess appointment. Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) voted against Pryor. Democratic Senators Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Ken Salazar (Colo.) voted for him. Pryor, along with Brown and Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit), were the three judges promised up-or-down votes by Democrats in a deal cut by the McCain Seven in May.
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