Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor has just been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Above the Law on a vote of 13 to 6. Only one Republican on the Committee voted in favor of her nomination, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina. The next step in the process is a vote by the full Senate, expected as early as next week.
Politico quotes Graham as saying:
“This is the first Latina woman in the history of the United States to
be selected for the Supreme Court. Now that is a big deal,” Graham
said. “I would not have chosen her, but I understand why President
Obama did. I gladly give her my vote because I think she meets the
qualifications test that was used in [Antonin] Scalia and [Ruth Bader]
A Judiciary Committee roll call vote approves Judge Sonia Sotomayor for a confirmation vote in the Senate.