May 18th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Kagan returns to Capitol Hill for Senate meetings

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, continuing to lay the groundwork for her upcoming confirmation hearings through a series of meetings with key senators.

Kagan was slated to meet with Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Patty Murray of Washington, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

Also on the schedule are GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Democrats have offered overwhelming praise for the 50-year-old nominee, claiming she would be a fair, independent member of the high court and a worthy replacement for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Republicans have questioned among other things, Kagan's lack of experience on the federal bench and whether she would act independently of President Barack Obama's agenda.

They've also strongly criticized Kagan, currently the Justice Department's solicitor general, for her efforts to block military recruiters from Harvard University during her time as the school's law school dean because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy, opposed by Obama, prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces.

If confirmed, Kagan would become the third woman on the current nine-member bench and the fourth woman in the court's history.

- CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I still want to know how she feels about the Tenth Amendment. I want to know (well, I want Congress and the American people to know) if she is among those prepared to ignore that pesky amendment in order to keep making the federal government ever more powerful, arrogant, overbearing, and intrusive. Or is she willing to acknowledge that the people who wrote the Constitution really didn't want it to permit a tyranny of the federal government over the states and over the citizens of this country.

    May 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are so quick to deny and say NO but they aren't willing to get off their lazy behinds, roll up their sleeves and work. They chose the easy cushy jobs of doing nothing while raking in the money and Palin is exactly a good example of that.

    May 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Pkm

    I am dem but i can not for give any one who gos against are military tell the gays to keep there mouth shut

    May 18, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. This is not the best we can do

    Kagan is not the best this country can do for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court; not by a long shot. There are 100 better qualified candidates – men and women – black, white, latino, and asian – all far more deserving and qualified, and that is just on the liberal side of the fence.

    One does not even have to take aim at her political or social leanings to realize she is not fit to serve; her lack of experience alone is enough to DQ this priviledged Ivy League teacher.

    Obama thinks that being a "good" person and able to relate to the "average" American is enough to get you on the bench. This premise is flawed on its own merits and is preposterous,. But add to that the fact that Kagan has never related to anyone who was not privileged – from a private school or wealth – or has an Ivy league education and this decision begins to stink like th dying wish being killed by the BP oil spill

    Mr Obama must certainly think that his Democratic base is just plain STUPID and will believe anything he says.

    May 18, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |