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  Sonia Sotomayor clears committee
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News DateTuesday, July 28, 2009 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court on a sharp party-line vote, handing President Barack Obama a victory and putting the federal judge one step closer to becoming the nation’s first Latina justice.

Following a two hour debate, the vote was 13-6, with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham the lone Republican joining all the committee’s Democrats in support of the nomination.

With the GOP vowing not to filibuster the nomination, the Senate is expected to confirm her to the bench as early as next week. And while her nomination is falling largely along party lines, the Judiciary Committee vote marks a much-needed victory for Democrats suffering through weeks of internal rancor over health care.

Graham stood alone among Republicans with his support.

“This is the first Latina woman in the history of the United States to be selected for the Supreme Court. Now that is a big deal,” Graham said. “I would not have chosen her, but I understand why President Obama did. I gladly give her my vote because I think she meets the qualifications test that was used in [Antonin] Scalia and [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg.”
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