WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court on July 13, chairman Pat Leahy of Vermont said Tuesday.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Leahy said the July hearing date favored by President Barack Obama would provide sufficient time for thorough examination of the federal appellate judge's record.
"It's going to allow several more weeks for committee members to prepare for the hearing ... and there's no reason to unduly delay consideration of this well-qualified nominee," Leahy said.
Republican leaders have called for confirmation hearings in September.
Sotomayor is expected to win easy confirmation as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice and the third woman to sit on the nation's highest court.