The Senate Judiciary Committee has put off its vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for one week amid objections from the panel's conservative Republicans.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said the vote will continue on July 28.
Leahy also expressed confidence that Sotomayor would win confirmation by a bipartisan vote of the full Senate in time for the Supreme Court's earlier-than-usual first meeting on Sept 9.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the senior Republican on the Judiciary panel, said Sotomayor is still on track for a confirmation vote on a timetable slightly quicker than the one Democrats followed for acting on GOP-nominated Chief Justice John Roberts.
You moved fast. Some say you didn't go fast enough, some of us said you went too fast, Sessions told Leahy.
Our side's tried to fulfill our responsibilities without any unnecessary delays, said Sen.Jeff Sessions.
Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed easily.