Senate Panel OKs Kagan

Supreme Court nomination now goes to full Senate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2010 11:44 AM CDT
Senate Panel OKs Kagan
Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham of South Carolina questions Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, during her confirmation hearing.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to approve Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. The 13-6 vote sends Kagan's nomination to the full Senate, where she's expected to be confirmed as early as next week to succeed John Paul Stevens. Just one Republican, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, joined panel Democrats in supporting President Obama's second Supreme Court nominee.

A few more Republicans are likely to back her in the full Senate, where Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm her. Most GOP senators argue that Kagan would put her political views ahead of the law. They also point to what they call her liberal agenda on such issues as abortion and gun rights. (Read more Elena Kagan stories.)

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