Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday predicted a smooth confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, saying the Senate would vote on her nomination sometime this summer.
Leahy, speaking to reporters after President Barack Obama made his nomination official, said he will meet with Kagan later this week, and that hearings will follow a similar timeline to that of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor was nominated to the high court on May 26 last year, sat for her first confirmation hearing July 13, and was confirmed on Aug. 6. Democratic aides predict that Kagan could be confirmed by the July Fourth recess.
Obviously, we will finish it this summer so she can be sitting on the court when they go back into session in September or October, Leahy said.
Responding to Kagans critics, Leahy also quipped that the president could nominate Moses the lawgiver, and Republicans would still object.
I told the president if he nominated Moses the lawgiver, someone would raise [their hand and say], But he doesnt have a birth certificate. Wheres his birth certificate? Leahy said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.