Judiciary Announces July 13 Vote on Kagan Nomination

Posted July 2, 2010 at 3:05pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday afternoon that it would vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan on July 13.

However, Republicans may try to delay the vote by one week under committee rules.

Kagan’s hearings wrapped up on Thursday, after four days of testimony and questions.

The announcement that Judiciary will take up the nomination comes as Republicans are beginning to announce their positions on her nomination.

On Friday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) announced their opposition to the nomination. Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.) previously said he would vote “no.”

In her statement, Murkowski said a number of issues prompted her decision, including Kagan’s lack of courtroom experience, her position on gun rights and the fact that she comes from the northeast corner of the country.

Because of that, Murkowski said, “I plan to oppose her nomination when it comes before the Senate.”