FILE – In this July 15, 2009 file photo Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listens as Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's testifies at her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Vermont Democrat and Judiciary Committee chairman, Leahy, 72, has served nearly 4 decades in the upper chamber, and earned his perch as one of the Senate's most powerful, and visible, members. Now he is front and center in two of the most contentious fights facing a bitterly divided Senate: guns and immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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FILE – In this July 15, 2009 file photo Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listens as Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's testifies at her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Vermont Democrat and Judiciary Committee chairman, Leahy, 72, has served nearly 4 decades in the upper chamber, and earned his perch as one of the Senate's most powerful, and visible, members. Now he is front and center in two of the most contentious fights facing a bitterly divided Senate: guns and immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this July 15, 2009 file photo Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listens as Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's testifies at her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Vermont Democrat and Judiciary Committee chairman, Leahy, 72, has served nearly 4 decades in the upper chamber, and earned his perch as one of the Senate's most powerful, and visible, members. Now he is front and center in two of the most contentious fights facing a bitterly divided Senate: guns and immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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