US Senate panel delays Kagan vote for one week

WASHINGTON, July 13 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee on Tuesday delayed for one week a vote on Supreme
Court nominee Elena Kagan, but she remained on track to be
confirmed by the full Senate next month.

The committee had been scheduled to vote on whether to
recommend Senate approval of Kagan. But Republican Jeff
Sessions invoked his right as a member of the panel to obtain a
one-week postponement on that preliminary vote.

Democrats who control the Senate aim to confirm President
Barack Obama’s nomination of Kagan to replace retired Justice
John Paul Stevens before lawmakers begin their August recess.

Kagan, 50, would replace the court’s leading liberal. If
confirmed, she is not expected to change the ideological
balance of the sharply divided court, which has a conservative
majority.

The Judiciary Committee completed its four-day confirmation
hearing on July 1 for Kagan, a former Harvard law school dean
and Clinton White House attorney who has served the past year
as Obama’s U.S. solicitor general.

Both Democrats and Republicans have predicted that Kagan,
who received the American Bar Association’s top rating for the
high court, will be confirmed.

But with a number of Republicans still questioning if Kagan
is more motivated by politics than by the law, she is expected
to be approved by the Senate on mostly party-line vote.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Frances Kerry)

US Senate panel delays Kagan vote for one week