WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate this morning began debate on the Supreme Court nomination of former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, with a final vote on her nomination to the lifetime position expected later this week.
President Obama in May nominated Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.
The Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony from Kagan for two days in June. Kagan testified for 17 hours, answering more than 540 questions in live testimony, and more than 200 questions for the record.
Her prospects for confirmation are all but assured: five Republicans have already said they will support Kagan. Only one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, has announced opposition to her nomination.
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown has not yet said how he will vote on her nomination.
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