WASHINGTON (Aug. 1)
To the surprise of almost no one, the Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court.
The full Senate is expected to vote to confirm Ginsburg this week, before the August congressional recess.
She would be the first Jewish woman ever to serve on the high court, and the first Jew to serve since Abe Fortas resigned in 1969.
Ginsburg’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee two weeks ago were seen as a great success by political observers here, including officials of Jewish organizations.
While some in the Jewish community wished Ginsburg had been more forthcoming about her views on a host of controversial issues, most Jewish organizational officials were pleased with statements she made on issues concerning discrimination and abortion rights.
Ginsburg, viewed as a moderate, currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals here. Her nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee last Thursday.