Pesident Obama’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, moves closer to taking her seat on:"as the Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved her nomination and sent it on to the full Senate."
The committee’s vote was 13 to 6, with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina the only Republican joining the panel’s 12 Democrats in voting for the nomination. The action cleared the way for a Senate floor vote next week for Judge Sotomayor, who would be the 111th justice to serve on the Supreme Court, the first Hispanic and the third woman.
Judge Sotmamor is almost certain to win confirmation. Democrats have 60 votes in the Senate and five other Republicans, including include Sens. Collins, Snowe and Lugarr Martisnez, have formally endosed the nominee.