Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenators briefed on US Navy's encounters with UFOs: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview MORE (D-Nev.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales 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