The U.S. Senate committee considering the nomination of federal Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court will vote on the matter next week.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hold a final vote on Mr. Alito's nomination Tuesday, but opposition Democrats demanded a one-week delay - a move that angered Republicans.

Democrats are under pressure to delay the vote as long as possible to build public opposition to Mr. Alito's nomination. Liberal interest groups are concerned his presence could tilt the court in a more conservative direction.

Mr. Alito managed to withstand two days of tough questioning from Democrats, and observers say he will easily be confirmed in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.