July 12th, 2010
08:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate committee likely to delay Kagan vote for a week

Senate committee likely to delay Kagan vote for a week.
Senate committee likely to delay Kagan vote for a week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that he expects Republicans to delay for a week the panel's confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

The Judiciary Committee, which held four days of hearings on Kagan's nomination before Congress went on its Fourth of July recess, is scheduled to vote on Tuesday.

"It's just the normal way of doing business," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said when asked why his party would delay the vote, which is permitted by committee rules.

Graham said he wants the extra time to review Kagan's response to written questions he submitted to her.


An aide to committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said Democrats on the panel were prepared for a Republican request to delay the vote when the committee convenes Tuesday morning.

Kagan is expect to be approved by the committee, which includes 12 Democrats and seven Republicans.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. veteran

    Oh hurry up!! She needs to start reshaping America!

    July 12, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    We need Kagen.
    If members of my Republican party try to delay her confirmation, they will accomplish nothing.
    Cooperation is the better way.

    July 12, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. A keen observer

    We have to remember that even though Lindsey Graham appears to be one of the more sane republicans, he is still a republican.

    July 12, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Siara

    The Republicans have given up on defending Bush's presidency. All they can do is point at Obama and say "Oh... wait a minute... that looked sorta like Bush. So you're as bad as us". Very impressive Republicans.

    July 12, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Don

    Just because she was never on the bench doesn't mean that she has no clue! No one can walk off the street and become the Dean of Harvard Law School; you must have a background in law! This woman has a deep love for the rule of law. And, most of all, she has that positive trait of empathy. Opps! According to Hate Radio thugs: Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck: Empathy leads you to bad decisions many times! I recognize her as our next US Supreme Court Justice. I want to also wish retiring Justice John Paul Stevens the best! By the way, can someone please censore those two ornory thugs-Beck and Limbaugh?

    July 12, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. ib

    no way should this woman be on the SC; another far left person by far left Obama.

    July 12, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    He can't read while he's "on a 9 day vacation", but the repubs attack our President for taking a few hours every now and then to play golf.

    What's wrong with this picture.

    OH - I know - they only have two weeks before they take a WHOLE MONTH OFF. DELAY DELAY DELAY DELAY DELAY DELAY

    NO NO NO NO NO NO Who voted for these idiots?

    July 12, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. JES

    They should vote no but I know they will not too bad.

    July 12, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    The Senate should delay the Kagan vote permanantly!

    July 12, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. An American First

    Take your time Sen. Graham, but you know deep inside that there is absolutely no reason to vote "No" on her confirmation as supreme court justice. So you maybe looking for an excuse to vote No and so you may need more time, but I think you are better than that sir. Vote "Yes" and move on to something else that requires more of your time sir.

    July 12, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Donald in CA

    I hope women voters remember how bad Elena and Sonia were treated durning their confirmation hearings. But some women would prefer a unqualified gun toting divider from alaska.

    July 12, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yep – delay it for a week just so you can say it was you who ended the delay!!! Jeez – I'm beginning to see a REAL PATTERN here!!!!

    July 12, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. all of america

    This nominee is just another mouthpeace for obama ,no experience as a judge, not qualified ,period!

    July 12, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    She is going to be confirmed, this is just useless time wasting on the republican's part. Why don't the republicans just walk out, stay home give up the pretense that they are there to get anything done?

    July 12, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    OMG, is this the best that Obama can do to find a brilliant and unbiased mind for the Court? If so, then I'll see you in November!

    July 12, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. lovable liberal

    It's not the committee that will delay the vote. It's *Republicans* that will delay the vote. CNN, stop tiptoeing around Republican obstructionism.

    July 12, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. William A. Schaedler

    They ought to delay a vote on this totally unqualified candidate for the Supreme Court forever. I would like to know just how low this once great nation will sink before something is done about it. These unqualified people including the current president must go. We desperately need people with intelligence. Not just those who have mastered the art of campaigning. We need substance.

    July 13, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and the normal way of doing business

    nothing about GOPers is the normal way of doing or getting anything done

    obstruct, 'no', shout down speakers, shout down the president rudely

    they, GOPers, gots to go

    July 13, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  19. normajean

    When doesn't the Senate delay for one reason or another.There's always a Repub. to slow things down. I think every time they delay something they should be docked on their paychecks. They act as if the whole world revolves just around them. They will be gone in August, which just wastes more time. If the Republican party worked as hard to do a decent job as they do to mess things up for the president, the whole country would benefit . Even they would, in the long run. We are all aware of this and I think the Repubs are in for a surprise in Nov.

    July 13, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    Unbelievable, he cannot find a good reason to say the usual Republican NO, so does the next best thing and uses technical rules to delay what a jerk. You just had over a weeks holiday to review answer you could have done that already if you are really comittedto your job on behalf of all Americans. Sorry, I forgot only republican principle anddeas are acceptable even if you are presently the Minority big time.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 13, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. kjjack

    "It's just the normal way of doing business," I thought that's what we were trying to do away with in congress. Where is the tea on this one?

    July 13, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. Jan Hetterly

    Why am I not surprised?

    July 13, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  23. vwrtb

    Yes... Please don't work on job creation idiots!

    July 13, 2010 03:37 am at 3:37 am |