Senate Judiciary Committee supports nominee to 9th Circuit
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 along party lines to approve the nomination of Goodwin Liu to be a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Liu's nomination has been controversial among Republicans. They say he has expressed liberal views on issues like affirmative action and same-sex marriage.

The 9th Circuit hears a significant number of cases affecting tribal governments, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. It covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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