Moderate Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday ruled out a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan unless any substantial new information arises.The Maine Republican is one of a handful of GOP Senators that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would have to sway if leadership decides to try to block Kagans nomination, which appears increasingly unlikely. At this point I do not see the extraordinary circumstances that I use to determine whether to filibuster a nominee, Collins said.Collins was one of seven Republicans to vote for Kagan last year as solicitor general. The Maine Republican said that during her private meeting with Kagan on Thursday morning, the nominee declared the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade to be established law.Additionally, Collins shot down the suggestion that Kagan lacks sufficient judicial experience, saying, I dont think her lack of judicial experience in any way disqualifies her.As for McConnells contention that Kagan could become a rubber stamp for the Obama administration, Collins said, I dont see that as an obstacle.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.