Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2009, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans aren't planning a drawn-out floor debate on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice.
GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee plan to block a panel vote scheduled for today, which would delay the committee's action until July 28. But Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican, said he thought a Senate debate on Sotomayor's confirmation could be completed in four days.
That's a standard timetable for recent Supreme Court nominees, and it underscores the GOP's intent to refrain from filibustering Sotomayor. That would risk alienating Hispanic voters, a fast-growing part of the electorate.
Sotomayor has solid support from Senate Democrats, who control a 60-vote majority, and at least three Republicans have said publicly they intend to vote for her.