Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts has easily passed his first test in the senate confirmation process today.
By a vote of 13 to five the senate judiciary committee is passing along John Roberts nomination to the full senate.
All ten Republican members along with at least three Democratic senators including Wisconsin's own Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold voted for Roberts.
Massachusetts Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry are the only two who voted against Roberts' confirmation.
The committee vote today will be followed by the full Senate debating the nomination on the floor as early as friday, but more likely on Monday.
Roberts' nomination now goes to the full Senate for a final vote next week.