Senate committee green-lights Kagan as U.S. Supreme Court Justice

08:42, July 21, 2010      

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday green-lit Elena Kagan to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice, clearing her nomination to advance to the Senate floor for a vote.

The committee voted 13-6 to send Kagan's nomination to the full Senate. All Democrats on the panel and one Republican Lindsey Graham voted in favor of her nomination.

Graham said Kagan is "qualified, who has the experience and knowledge to serve on this court, who is in the mainstream of liberal philosophy and understands the difference between being a liberal judge and a politician."

The Senate's vote to confirm Kagan could come any time between next week to next month. Democrats intend to have her confirmed before the August recess of Congress. So she could replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in the court's fall session.

Since Democrats control the Senate, Kagan's confirmation doesn' t seem to be a problem. The confirmation needs only a simple majority, and Republicans haven't showed signs they are willing to block the nomination with a filibuster.

Kagan was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Stevens. She faced the Senate panel's grilling on hot-button topics before the Fourth of July recess. She defended her impartiality as well as her modesty if she is to become the high court justice.

"If confirmed ... I will do my best to consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with law," said Kagan.

If Kagan was confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court would have three female justices. The other two are Ruth Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, who was also nominated by Obama.

Source: Xinhua


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