May 10th, 2010
10:35 AM ET
13 years ago

Kagan should be confirmed before the August recess, Leahy says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Patick Leahy said Monday that he Elena Kagan should be confirmed before the August Congressional recess."]Washington (CNN) - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued a statement Monday after President Obama's announcement.

"I congratulate Elena Kagan on her nomination to the Supreme Court," Leahy said in the written statement. "The President chose from an impressive list of superbly qualified candidates. He consulted with Senators on both sides of the aisle, and with others. As a scholar of the Constitution himself, he brought a wealth of knowledge and insight to his selection process. He wanted to select an outstanding future Justice who is well within the mainstream of legal and constitutional thought, and her recent Senate confirmation to be Solicitor General of the United States would appear to support that."

Leahy added, "The Senate has adequate time to thoroughly review Ms. Kagan’s impressive qualifications and academic writings, as well as her court filings and oral arguments while she has served the nation as Solicitor General, and consider her nomination this summer. I will work with Senator Sessions, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to schedule her confirmation hearing promptly. The Senate acted responsibly to confirm both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Sotomayor before the start of the Court’s term in both of those instances. Applying the same standard to this nomination, the Senate should confirm Ms. Kagan before the August recess.

"Among the most serious constitutional duties entrusted to the Senate is the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices. Americans are looking to Washington to cast aside the political rancor and partisanship that has fueled so many recent debates. The decisions made at the nation’s highest court affect the daily lives of all Americans. Our constituents deserve a civil and thoughtful debate on this nomination, followed by an up-or-down vote."

Filed under: Elena Kagan • Patrick Leahy • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Not another one.

    Hope she does not get confirmed at all. Her views seem to be against mainstream America.

    May 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. What the?

    We have an attorney general that wants to aid and abet criminals (illegal aliens) that are breaking the law and now we have up for nomination someone that is evidently radically anti military.This place is getting more screwed up by the day.

    May 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Here comes more Obama dead lines God help us .

    May 10, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Lets expose Rush Limbaughs staff.

    Good,and I hope some of those rightwing jerks try giving her any guff.hahaha

    May 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Obama the liar

    Senator Leaky Leahy, pretend you are a Dodd and just GO AWAY..

    May 10, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why should it take so long to confirm Kagan who is clearly over qualified when the GOP confirmed Palin in a heartbeat without asking any questions. But then again if one has no qualifications there aren't any questions to ask so they gave her a pass.

    May 10, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. tess

    NO MORE RAMMING AND JAMMING down our throats dems! we have seen more than once what happens when you force something that the american people tell you time and again that we don't want. maybe in november 2010 you will finally get our message – then you can see what it feels like to be on the unemployment line!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Eric

    She will be confirmed when the Senate has done it's constitutional duty of vetting nominees. Not a moment sooner.

    To set an arbitrary deadline on this is playing election year politics... if the process leads right up to election day, so be it.

    May 10, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |