Sotomayor Committee Vote Postponed One Week

Today's scheduled vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court has been postponed until next Tuesday.

Republican senators on the committee, as is their prerogative, asked for a one-week delay. Ranking Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama officially requested the delay, and chairman Pat Leahy accepted it.

The committee will reconvene next Tuesday, July 28.

Sotomayor was endorsed earlier in the day by NARAL ProChoice America, the abortion-rights group. An aide to Sen. Susan Collins said, not surprisingly, that the Maine Republican will vote to confirm Sotomayor. Collins is the fourth Republican who has publicly said she will vote for the New York judge.

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