Washington DC-The Congressional Hispanic Caucus applauds the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for approving the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Associate Justice on the nation’s Supreme Court. The committee, by a vote of 13-6, with all Democrats and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in support, voted to send her nomination to the full Senate for a vote.
“Today’s vote is an important milestone for all Americans, not just the Hispanic community. Judge Sotomayor will bring to the Supreme Court a profound understanding of working class Americans and a deep knowledge of how the law affects the lives of everyday people,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Chair of the CHC. “I am proud to see the Senate Judiciary Committee moving forward with the confirmation process and look forward to seeing the full Senate swiftly confirm this remarkably qualified nominee.”
“This is proud day for all Americans. Judge Sotomayor’s demonstrated commitment to justice, extensive legal experience, and wealth of knowledge; make her not only the best candidate for the position, but a role model to those who are willing to work hard and tirelessly to succeed,” said Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez, 1st Vice Chair of the CHC. “I applaud the work of the Senate Judiciary Committee for moving swiftly in approving this historic nomination, and I look forward to seeing her confirmed as the first Hispanic judge to the Supreme Court. Her confirmation to the highest court of the land will forever live on as one of our nation’s most historic moments.”
“I applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee for endorsing Judge Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Congressman Jose E. Serrano, who testified on Sotomayor’s behalf during the Judiciary Committee’s hearings. “I urge the full Senate to move quickly to consider and approve the nomination of this great jurist, who is such a source of pride to us.”
The nomination is expected to come to the Senate floor next week, with a final vote on her confirmation expected by August 7th.