Judge Samuel Alito’s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court will be voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 24, according to Senate leaders. The full Senate is expected to begin debate the following day.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., issued a statement Monday night saying he looked forward to a “fair up-or-down vote” swiftly on Alito, President Bush’s choice to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.