Senators recited a litany of compliments and complaints this morning as they kicked off their debate on whether to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Debate is scheduled to continue on and off throughout today, alternating between supporters and opponents, depending on how many senators want to speak.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, touted what he called Kagan’s “mainstream views” and her “deference to Congress and judicial precedent.” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the committee’s ranking member, attacked Kagan’s lack of judicial experience, her handling of military recruiters while dean of Harvard Law School and what he called her opposition to gun rights.
The Senate’s leadership has not scheduled a time for a confirmation vote, but it is likely in the next few days whenever senators agree they’ve debated Kagan’s nomination enough.
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