Elena Kagan Approved by Judiciary Committee – Vote Moves to the Senate

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After 540 questions, the Judiciary Committee has approved Elena Kagan’s nomination by President Obama to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee voted 13-6, and now the vote will move to the full senate.

The vote was drawn down party lines, but one Republican voted in favor of Kagan. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., voted for Kagan, saying that she was not who he would have picked, but that President Obama “chose wisely.”

Other GOP senators disagree with Graham, and feel that Kagan will put her political views ahead of the law.

“Ms. Kagan’s record shows that she supports an activist judicial philosophy, and that her personal and political views drive her legal views,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

The Associated Press reports that Democrats have more than enough votes to get Kagan onto the Supreme Court. The vote is expected to take place this week, and Kagan should be sitting on the Supreme Court bench by the week’s end.

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