July 13th, 2010
10:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Kagan vote delayed one week

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for a week at the request of the panel's ranking Republican.

Such a delay is permitted under committee rules. The panel had a similar delay last year when considering the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said he hoped to hold the vote on Kagan in a week's time, on July 20.

The Judiciary Committee held four days of hearings on Kagan's nomination before Congress went on its Fourth of July recess.

Kagan is expect to be approved by the committee, which includes 12 Democrats and seven Republicans. Her nomination also would require approval by the full Senate, with a vote expected before the chamber goes on its August recess.

If approved to fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, Kagan would become the fourth woman to join the nation's highest court.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Leahy's a moron. He should've known that announcing when he'd like to have something done would mean that the GOPers insist on waiting until that date passes. It's no different than saying "I intend to work toward bipartisan solutions." Might as well throw bipartisanship or any reasonable semblence of compromise and cooperation out the window if you utter somethign so blasphemous and crazy. I mean really...have a little foresight and just keep your yap shut.

    July 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. gt

    very poor choice.....

    July 13, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. A disillusioned Republican

    This is just typical republican delaying strategy. Long live the party of obstructionists.

    July 13, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Tony in Maine

    CNN doesn't want you to know – but it's Jeff-Boy Sessions of Alabama.

    Sessions is a bitter man because his own appointment to the bench was denied years ago. Perhaps it was a matter of legal competence or just a lack of judicious behavior on his part. He certainly demonstrates the latter these days.

    In the old days, when Democrats weren't terrified of Republicans, Sessions would have been assigned office and parking space somewhere west of Blacksburg. Today, he gets away with calling a SCJ-designate a liar in public.

    July 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    The RepubliCAN'Ts are worried because they have to say YES and don't know how to say it!!! It's KILLING them!!!

    Dang – just say YES!!!

    July 13, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. malcolm

    the party of delay = the party of no

    July 13, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    She will likely be confirmed, but not without delaying tactics. It would be amusing though, if she wasn't confirmed.

    July 13, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. MoJo

    Would that 'ranking Republican be Little Jeff Sessions? He should have recused himself at the start since he has an obvious axe to grind. It must be galling to be so powerful and so dumb at the same time.

    July 13, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Augsbee

    What a difference between Sotomayor and Kagan. Of course, Leahy was hoping to vote her in quickly, he's so old what does he care anymore if the rest of us are stuck for years to come with a Judge that has no Judicial experience. All those old folks could care less what happens anymore.

    July 13, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Eric

    Commenting on the development, Kagan said she was OK with the temporary delay, and would be more than happy to wait another week before she set out to take away the constitutionally-protected individual rights of gun owners.

    But she said, "If I do it with a cutesy remark and flash of my goofy looking grin, I'm sure no one will notice their rights being taken away."

    July 13, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Ben

    Just what we need, another Liberal activist on the Supreme Court. As if we don't have enough problems already.

    July 13, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Give them a break. Useless posturing is all the GOP has left.

    July 13, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. JES

    Can we make the vote never.

    July 13, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Gale

    Ya'll hurry up now, she needs to sign a book deal!

    July 13, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Clint, Wa.

    When in Gods name are these dam Republicans going to stop all of this delaying everything? Get a life.

    July 13, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. jay

    More GOP stall tactics.

    July 13, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Paul Stallings

    Kagan is outwardly nicely congenial, but what is in her dark, liberal heart?

    July 13, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Typical GOP games. Imagine what the country would be like if the GOP actually wanted to help America.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 13, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Normhombre

    The party of No cannot keep Kagan from being approved, so they do the only thing that they can! The GOP hasn't done a thing for the people of the USA in years except whine and complain and fight amongst themselves. Same old story. Vote Independent!

    July 13, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. AJ

    Once again the lilly livered Democrats cave in to right-wing demands. Kagan might as well withdraw her nomination. At the first sign of opposition the weak, spinless, characterless democratic leadership will turn tail and slither away. This administration and gutless senate make me want to puke.

    July 13, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. John in binghamton

    Whats the point? They are voting no anyway no matter what. They should just vote no to everything in advance and stay home. Kagan is a moderate and the best thing that could of happen to the GOP and they are still not happy.

    July 13, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Ronald Schwartz

    They should vote her out.Her views are those of the pres. and not those of the people, She has a predetermined posistion and will vote her posistion not the people or the arguments for or against decision.
    Their are far more fair people out there with open minds for this posistion. I have ask my senators not to support her.

    July 13, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Mesa Mick

    Delay – Filibuster – Stall – Obstruct...
    Lie – Fear Monger – Blame Obama for EVERYTHING...
    Starve the Unemployed....
    Pollute the Gulf – Give Tax Credits to BP for Clean-Up...
    Tax Cuts Only for the Top 5%...
    Guns Mandatory for Everbody.

    This is the GOP election strategy in 2010 found in a secret memo found just yesterday from the RNC. They call the "Regression for America – Take It or Leave It"....strategy.

    And you know what? Idiot America and the evangelicals will vote for it! Amazing, truely amazing.

    July 13, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Marcus

    This is yesterday's news.
    This is not unexpected.
    And this is but a waste of time since she's going to be the next Justice.
    I had my troubles having to deal with Scalia, Roberts and Alito's confirmations (or whatever its the proper name of that).
    Now it's your turn conservatives, especially the extremists on that range of the political spectrum.

    July 13, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Shari from Madison WI

    Here's another delay by the Republicans as they are trying to find ways to defeat President Obama. I'm sick of the republicans and their holier than thou attitudes.

    July 13, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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