May 10th, 2010
02:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Feinstein suggests full Senate could consider Kagan by Aug. 1

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement about the Kagan nomination:

“The Constitution grants the Senate the solemn duty of providing advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court. I take this responsibility extremely seriously. Solicitor General Elena Kagan has a strong track record as one of the nation’s top legal scholars, and as a leader with a special skill for bringing people together. I look forward to learning more about her judicial philosophy through the Senate Judiciary Committee’s open hearing process, which I believe is an important opportunity for the public to hear directly from the nominee and shape their own views about her judicial expertise and temperament.

I am also very pleased that the President announced his nomination of Solicitor General Kagan in early May. Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Sotomayor were both confirmed in 72 days – that timeline would allow us to consider the nomination on the floor the third week of July. It’s pretty clear to me that this nomination needs to be considered by the Senate in a timely manner because we will need to move on to considering other critical matters like the ratification of the START Treaty, the annual appropriations bills, a new jobs package, food safety, and other pending legislative priorities.


Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Elena Kagan • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Kaptkarl

    And she has NO experience as a Judge. I suppose she'll recieve the Nobel Peace prize next.

    May 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Unless...

    great, so we get to hear CNN with their garbage for 3 months?!!! god, just confirm her! she's obviously talented!

    May 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. MAD 'MAX' TEXAN

    I don't think they should consider anyone OBAMA comes up with. Read the following. about the Democrats:

    The Left
    "There has been one high-profile violent incident perpetrated by a right-winger since Obama took office: the May 31, 2009 shooting of abortionist George Tiller. There have been a bevy of high-profile violent incidents by registered Democrats or liberals: the suicide airplane attack by Joseph Stack of Austin, Texas, against the IRS; the liberal who bit off the finger of an ObamaCare opponent in Thousand Oaks, Calif.; the murderous rampage by Obama-lover Amy Bishop at the University of Alabama; the beating of black man Kenneth Gladney by Service Employee International Union thugs in St. Louis; the Earth Liberation Front's destruction of KRKO-AM's radio towers in Seattle. None of these incidents by non-Muslim Americans were designed to create mass casualties among random Americans or members of the American military. All of the radical Muslim attacks were. Using rudimentary reasoning skills, it wouldn't take long to hit on the hypothesis that perhaps the Times Square attempted bombing was linked to a radical Muslim. But we live in a country where rudimentary reasoning skills have been banned if they offend politically correct sensibilities. So our politicians suggest that tea partiers were behind the attempted bombing (that suggestion, not coincidentally, fits with President Obama's attempts to label his domestic political opponents terrorists). They suggest that it could have been anybody - anybody! - behind the propane, gas and gunpowder. Meanwhile, they don't place radical Muslim terrorists on no-fly lists. Only when the proof is indisputable do they finally confirm what everybody with half a brain suspected all along - and then they hope to get lucky."

    May 10, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. normajean

    At least we are getting a clear statement of facts and possibilites from one direction knowing full well that the deconstruction is about to begin from the other side. I find it hard to believe that anyone would want to run for office in this climate of obstructionism from the repubs .Could our hearts take the shock if they suddenly agreed with something, "anything" the president did?We'll never know!

    May 10, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Hows that oil slick coming along drillers?

    Thanks Diane,she will make it.

    May 10, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. fortydam

    In spite of her previous GOP support, the odds are she will be blocked by the very same people. This will show just how bad the republicans have gotten.

    May 10, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Dean

    We need to move on to a new jobs package...........Feinstein what have you been doing for the last year or so?
    This country can only support so many jobs. We have shipped so many jobs overseas that there are no jobs left to do and no economy or enough consumers to support the creation of more jobs.

    May 10, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. jonny

    Just get her in there already and stop wasting time.
    The idiots controlling the Supreme Court need to be stopped anyway.

    May 10, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Gary

    Feinstein is another intrenched, corrupt politician who helped us run up the deficit and damage our economy. Please vote her out of office California. There are many reasonable Republican and Democratic candidates who can do a better job than she has. We need new faces in Congress or else we'll continue down our road to bankruptcy

    May 10, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |