Senate Judiciary Committee Postpones Votes on Kagan and Cole to Next Week
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) just agreed to postpone committee votes on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and Deputy Attorney General nominee James Michael Cole by one week, rescheduling them for July 20.
Ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) had asked for the delay on behalf of committee Republicans, who claimed they needed the extra week to read through Kagan’s written responses to their questions. The move was widely expected, as the senators had only received Kagan’s responses on Friday. Sessions made a similar delay request for Cole.
Leahy said he would defend Sessions’ right to request the delays, but noted that he did not want Republicans to repeatedly stall Kagan’s confirmation vote.
“I suspect that every single member of this committee knows how he or she will vote,” he said. “I hope that we will not needless delay her as we did not needlessly delay either Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito.”
Sessions claimed Republicans were not trying to needlessly stall a vote on Kagan.
“I think we’re moving this nomination in a very expeditious manner,” he said. “I think we’re cooperating in a fair way to move this nomination forward.”
Updated at 12:01 p.m.