The New York Times
July 28, 2009
[efoods]The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13 to 6, on Tuesday to endorse the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, easing her path to likely confirmation as the first Hispanic member of the tribunal.
As expected, all 12 Democrats on the judiciary panel voted for Judge Sotomayor. But among the seven Republicans on the committee, only Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voted in favor.
â€śShe is a restrained, fair and impartial judge,â€ť said Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who heads the committee.
The action sends the nomination to the full Senate, where her confirmation by a comfortable margin seems to be assured.