July 28th, 2009
01:02 PM ET
5 years ago

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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  1. carlos only smarter

    JB-NYC.......Don't let the PAST hijack the FUTURE

    July 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Yea right!!

    The Obama administration is under fire from all angles. The Republicans are looking for anything to derail this President. They have the adacity to talk about Sotomayor & her statements & interpret them as bias when they are the epitome of bias. These senators & others in congress are so transparent. Congratulations Judge Sotomayor. Hispanics are an important part of this country & should have high representation in various positions. I commend Sen. Sessions for doing the right thing.

    July 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Ken, AZ

    Democrats should forget about even trying to work with republicans. They've shown time and time again that they simply want to obstruct.

    July 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The republican senators who voted against Judge Sotomayor have committed political suicide. Especially Sen. Cronyn. How in the world does he expect to get re-elected when majority of the people are hispanic?

    July 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. B

    GREAT!! Progress is possible.

    July 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Michael

    This is yet another example of the GOP's self-destruction. Sotomayor is as good as they could expect to get. It would have been an easy affirmative vote to show that they're capable of demonstrating moderation, bi-partisanship, and respect for Hispanics. It would cost them nothing, since it's been clear for quite some time that she's going to be confirmed.

    July 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Dawn

    Finally! Judge Sotomayor is more than well qualified.

    Republicans have a very difficult time voting for anyone or anything that doesn't scream REPUBLICAN! One tiny small step for the right. If enough of them will now vote for a decent all inclusive health care plan for everyone, maybe we can believe they actually think about something besides their own self interest.

    July 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Lotta Muni

    As if there was any way she WASN'T going to be confirmed. This is the non-story of the decade.

    July 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. donttreadonme

    Obama attempts to woo the Hispanic vote to pre-empt the 30,000,000 plus new voters (here illegally) that he plans to allow amnesty for political supremacy. This will back fire as Hispanics are not political fodder for you liberal, race-baiting dems.

    I am certain that she will come to a better to conclusion than a white male could.

    July 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Good prevails over greed, stupidity and evil. And Hispanic voters will not forget this shameful treatment of a well qualified candidate – Repugnicants are racists.

    July 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Jim in San Mateo

    Congratuations Judge Sotomayor. Congratulations President Obama. I pity the poor republicans when they finally figure out that Hispanics are on their way up and the NRA is on their way out.

    July 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Bill Rondell

    Too bad...for America...

    July 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. John

    Really? The Democrats are race-baiting? That's like the pot calling the kettle black to the nth degree.

    July 28, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    To the six Republicans.... When you have no ideas, you mask your stupidity with your partisan ideology. Just don't try to convince the rest of us that you are "fair."

    July 28, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. gl, From Pittsburgh

    It is time the Democrates stop trying to get any bipartian from repubicans and vote for the health plan. They are trying to stall Sotomayor vote until after the August recission like they have done with the Health Plan Reform. Time after time, the Repubicans have contiue to slow down everything the President is trying to do so they can called this President a failure. We don't need their votes and we should move on with out them.

    July 28, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. JURONE

    i live in alabama and old sessions is done don,t judge alabama by old sess. alabama is better than that 2010 is around the corner 3 strikes session your out your fired..............

    July 28, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Let the GOP tears continue....

    July 28, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. carlos only smarter

    The ethnic mix for repugnants in congress=99.5 white......need I say more???????

    July 28, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. donttreadonme

    Hypocrit dems attempted filibusters on the last two Republican nominees. They were also well qualified.

    One day you race-baiting libs will learn that diversity is nothing and unity is everything.

    Ever notice when Obama’s poll numbers start to drop CNN becomes a 24 hour attack Republicans network.

    July 28, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Billy J in Texas

    I wonder if Corny Collins might be to the Texas Republican party, what George Dubya was to the National Republicans. The catalyst for change and the last nail in the coffin. I would be overjoyed if I could get my populist blue collared/rednecked judeo-christian ethic following Democratic party back and in the majority here.

    July 28, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Living in America

    Great news!

    July 28, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Elly

    The Party of NO is at it again.... They voted NO again.. But hats off to Senator Graham.. he's one open minded solder of the people.

    July 28, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Lynne

    Congratulations to Ms Sotomayor.

    Funny how so many Americans on both sides feel that all politics should be based on the past with revenge and spite being the motivator for any stand they take.

    July 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    No one expects the Republican Party to rubber stamp every position of the Democratic Party. (After all they do have a reputation to maintain.) But their resistance to this nominaton is the epitome of stupidity Sometimes I wonder if they are even Americans!.

    July 28, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Michael H. Oil City, PA

    Orrin Hatch is full of sheep dip to vote no as he voted yes when the federal Appeal court nominated by Bush 41. He sites her assocation with the hispanic association was his reason. It doesn't make sense only that it's political.

    He says govt' will be coming between Dr and patient is baloney. Who is the middle man that rations health care between Drs. and insure companies. that arguement is bogus just like the Sotomayer vote. It's all political.

    No one can count on his politics, but to vote no on everything, except stem cell research which Nancy Reagan was for.

    July 28, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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