Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster GOP senator lobbying colleagues to keep legislative filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Poll: Sanders most popular senator in the US Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules MORE (D-Vt.) immediately fired back at GOP critics of the confirmation schedule for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on the Senate floor, saying that Republicans were being disingenuous in their criticism of the schedule.

Leahy said GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking committee member, was well aware that the July 13 date was likely, and Reid said the schedule is "identical" to that followed for Chief Justice John Roberts.

Delaying the final Senate vote until September, Reid said, would be "overly generous."

Leahy earlier Tuesday announced committee hearings will start on July 13 and a final Senate vote will be on Aug. 6.

- J. Taylor Rushing