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20 July 2010: Kagan nomination moves to Senate for Vote
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 to approve nominee Elena Kagan for confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote cleared the committee with relative ease. The lone Republican crossing the party line to vote for Kagan was Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham did the same last year during the confirmation process for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Kagan resume is substantial she was dean of Harvard Law School, clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, as well as the U.S. solicitor general. However, Senate Republicans took issue with her liberal positions and decisions. Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona was outspoken in attacking Kagan’s nomination. Kyl argued her comments during her confirmation for solicitor general was “disingenuous” and “deceptive.” Kyl noted, that Kagan downplayed a comment she made last year — “There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage” — before the Senate confirmed her as solicitor general.
On the flip side California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein praised Kagan’s testimony as “legal reasoning” and “directness.” Furthermore Feinstein reiterated, “Her grasp of each area of the law and her ability to reason within it compared favorably with any of the nominees I have seen come before.” Senator Feinstein has been a committee member since the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s hearing in 1993.