Senate committee sends Alito nomination to full vote

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Samuel Alito faces one more hurdle on his way to joining the Supreme Court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted ten-to-eight along party lines today to send his nomination to the full Senate. That vote is expected by the end of the week.

The full Senate vote is also expected to fall along party lines. Nebraska's Ben Nelson is the sole Democrat saying he'll back the nominee.

Republicans say he's a great choice. Utah's Orrin Hatch says Alito believes "the people and not judges should make law."

But Democrats say he'll swing the court to the right and help reverse important decisions like Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion. New York's Charles Schumer says Alito wouldn't speak openly because he knows his opinion that the Constitution doesn't protect abortion rights is "unpopular."