The Senate is scheduled to hold a full vote on the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Latina Supreme Court Justice today at 3 p.m. Although the results aren't really in question—with Democrats holding the majority and voting affirmatively across the board—we're looking forward to this moment with great anticipation!
The vote comes just a day after two more Republican senators announced they would be voting in favor of Sotomayor's confirmation. Both Christopher S. Bond of Missouri and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire have said that they would vote for her. Of his decision, Senator Gregg told politico.com, "Judge Sotomayor is President Obama’s choice, and she is obviously well qualified to be the next Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her views and decisions, although strongly stated, are certainly not out of the mainstream of American jurisprudence or political thought."
They join Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Richard Lugar (Ind.), and Mel Martinez (Fla.) in their support of Sotomayor. The only remaining undecided Republican lawmaker was Senator George V. Voinovich of Ohio, until he announced this morning that he would vote in Sotomayor's favor as well, saying, "Based on my review of her record, and using these factors, I have
determined that Judge Sotomayor meets the criteria to become a justice
on the Supreme Court."
Be sure to check back in with Latina.com at 3 p.m. as we share our reflections on this momentous occasion.