Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 to recommend Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the full Senate. Her historic nomination is one step closer to confirmation.
The mark-up was essentially just another act of the hearing: the same senators relying on the same talking points, including the continued willful misrepresentation of certain aspects of Judge Sotomayor's record by Republicans. Despite the politically-charged speeches offered by Republicans, the Committee voted overwehelmingly in favor of Judge Sotomayor; Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rejected partisanship and joined Democrats in supporting the nomination.
We won't bore you with the items raised during the Judiciary Committee vote--if you watched the hearings, we guarantee you've heard it all before. Multiple times. (Hint: Think "speeches" and "guns.")
And, with the Committee vote over, Judge Sotomayor's nomination now moves to the full Senate where floor debate on her nomination is likely to begin soon; a vote is expected to occur next week before the Senate leaves for its August recess.