July 28th, 2009
01:02 PM ET
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Sotomayor approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

 With Republican senators' support, Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation by the full Senate is a virtual certainty.
With Republican senators' support, Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation by the full Senate is a virtual certainty.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate.

The 13-6 committee vote was mostly on partisan lines, with one Republican joining the panel's Democrats in sending the nomination to the full Senate.

At least five Republican senators have announced their intention to support Sotomayor, making confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate a virtual certainty.

Sotomayor, 55, is President Obama's first nominee to the nation's highest court. She would be 111th person to sit on the Supreme Court, and the third female justice.

CNN Radio's Hill team reports on Sotomayor's Tuesday win:


The Judiciary Committee held a four-day confirmation hearing earlier this month that foreshadowed Tuesday's vote, with Democrats praising Sotomayor's 17-year record as a federal judge and her made-in-America story as a minority woman who rose to success through hard work and opportunity.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Larry

    It's about time! Congrats Ms. Sotomayor.

    July 28, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Kelly DeVries

    Only one Republican voted to confirm this very qualified candidate. But I bet all of them love Scalia and Thomas.

    July 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Frank

    Maybe CNN could have reminded us how many Democrats supported Republican nominees in the past.

    Or am I the only one in the country who is curious about that, as well as curious about why the report omits it?

    July 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. yuri

    Let's all toss some cowdungs obtained from holy cows at Grassley, Coburn, Cronyn, and Sessions to praise their stubborn (in)sanity,

    July 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. no surprise

    get it over with

    July 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Accountant Guy

    Congratulations Sonia Sotomayor!! This is a great day for our country and our government.

    July 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Esco

    I'm just glad its over...this was a long haul.

    July 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. john m

    ... Dateline and who not could have seen the NO votes coming! Hurray for the party of NO you came through as usual with flaming colors. What a bunch of spineless jerks ! Get With the Program! You are embarrasing everyone as well as showing the world you bigotry and stupididty! This is not rocket science!

    July 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Well, looks like my day is done, huh? LOL!!! :)

    13-6? Yeah, something like that. And she will get confirmed and to tell you the truth, I was thinking maybe 2 or 3(lucky) GOP will get in but 5, oh yeah, even better.

    July 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. T

    About time......now pass the Health Reform, because we need it

    July 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Accountant Guy

    The Republicans(Racist) showed there true colors. At least this guarantees that Barack gets his 8 years in. America has rejected you Republicans and we are taking back our country. Congratulations!

    July 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. alvino

    I wonder how are Rush, Hannity, Low Dobbs & Glen Beck taking this. Their non stop lying about her qualifications and race baiting evidently did not resonate with Lindsay Graham and four other members of the party of "No!"

    July 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. mbyrd

    Why do republicans act civil, and forget what the democrates did to their nominees.

    July 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Zion

    I didn't see this coming....Moving along.

    July 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Pepou

    It's wonderful news.

    July 28, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    As we all knew she would be. If the republican senators viewed the confirmation hearings in the light that Sen. Graham did, I tink they would have voted yes for her. They just can't get bias out of their DNA.

    July 28, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. RealityKing

    Republicans are following the presend set by progressive democrats. Politics fueled by idealogical hate. Congradulations America..., your reaping what your votes have sown.

    July 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Maximus

    If God's on our side, who can be against us?

    July 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Ted Tartaglia

    This is a great sign however I am troubled by the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. All but one put politics ahead of country in voting against Judge Sotomayor. They seem to believe that President Obama should replace a liberal member of the court with a conservative activist like Thomas, Alito, or Scalia. President Bush sure did not nominate any liberals to the court but picked nominees from the far right wing of the Republican Party.

    Are Republicans all suffering from dementia or they just brain dead?

    July 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Irma in North Carolina

    I sure hope that the republicans dont get any hispanic votes in the next two elections that are coming up. I wonder what the republica racits are going to do then.

    July 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Danny E. Gonzalez

    I am Very impress with Sen Graham, we are of different political parties and perhaps views, but when he express that something that helped him in deciding to support Judge Sotomayor was that the ABA had given her their highest rating (something he used for both Alito and Roberts) and that he believe she was the most qualified judge in 30 years to come before the congress was amazing to me...

    July 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Shucks

    Congratulations Justice Sotomayor. The real congratulations go to the American people. Now justice will have a real chance. The court is now a little more balanced. Can't wait for the next pick.

    July 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. JB - NYC

    I believe it was the Republicans that freed the slaves, and It was Al Gore Sr. and Robert Byrd both Democrats that voted against civil rights.

    So now because Republicans want the Supreme Court to follow the Constitution and not use empathy when making decisions, they are Racist.. Where were the dems when Justice Thomas was being confirmed????
    Of course its only racists when a Republican votes against a minority, right??

    July 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Wonderful Day!

    This is a wonderful day for all Americans. I am excited to see this extremely qualified woman reach accomplish this task. As an educator I see the need for children to see people that look like them in all areas of our country. I am excited for her mother that has lived to see her children accomplish great things. She is a great woman to rear such accomplished children. God bless America.

    July 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Peggy

    What I don't understand are the Republicans who won't support Sotomayor because she shows a "liberal bias." Well, didn't Bush appoint 2 justices with "conservative bias." What goes around, comes around.

    July 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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