US Senate panel confirms Kagan as SC Justice

A Senate committee on today confirmed Elena Kagan as the US Supreme Court judge, which was immediately welcomed by President Barack Obama.

Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 23:34 PM IST

Washington: A Senate committee on today
confirmed Elena Kagan as the US Supreme Court judge, which was
immediately welcomed by President Barack Obama.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13-6, in favour
of Elena Kagan`s confirmation to Supreme Court. The vote was
largely along party lines.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham broke ranks and
support her.

The nomination now goes to the full Senate for final
confirmation.

Looking forward to the full Senate taking up and
voting on this nomination before the August recess, Obama said
Kagan is one of this country`s leading legal minds.

Kagan has shown throughout this process that, if
confirmed, she would be a fair and impartial Supreme Court
Justice who understands how decisions made by the Court affect
the lives of everyday Americans.

"Today`s vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee is a
bipartisan affirmation of her strong performance during her
confirmation hearings," he said.

Kagan testified before the Judiciary Committee for
more than 17 hours over three days, responding to more than
540 questions.

She also responded to more than 200 questions
submitted for the record.

The American Bar Association gave her a rating of
unanimously well qualified, the organisation`s highest rating.

PTI