WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted against confirmation of Judge Charles W. Pickering to the appeals court on Thursday, then lined up to defy President Bush's call for a debate in the full Senate.

The vote was 10-9, strictly along party lines, against confirmation of the 64-year-old Mississippi jurist at the center of a racially tinged confirmation battle.

Two more roll calls were expected, and approval of either of them would send the nomination to the full Senate for a vote there. But majority Democrats said in advance they would refuse to do so.