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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Elena Kagan Nomination

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by The Federalist Society
Posted July 21, 2010, 12:40 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 on Tuesday to forward Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate for consideration. The vote was almost completely along party lines, with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina providing the only Republican vote in favor of approving the nomination. Click here to see C-SPAN's video coverage of the committee meeting. Senator Tom Coburn explained his vote against the nomination on NRO Bench Memos Tuesday, arguing that Kagan has essentially admitted that she will break her oath of office if she becomes an Associate Justice. In the Washington Post Wednesday, Dana Milbank praised Senator Graham for setting aside politics in his decision to vote for Kagan, while Chris Cillizza predicted Tuesday on his Washington Post blog The Fix that Senator Graham will face a serious primary challenge when he runs for reelection in 2014 as a result of his vote.

For the latest news and commentary on the vote and on the nomination generally, go to SCOTUSreport.com and check out its special feature, the Kagan Vote Tracker, which tracks the Senators who have stated whether or not they will vote to confirm Kagan.

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