Now that President Barack Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the Senate will begin her confirmation process next month.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont announced today that he’s scheduled Elena’s confirmation to begin on June 28.
According to him, this schedule is right on track with how confirmation went for new justice Sonia Sotomayor and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Both of them were confirmed 72 days after their respective nominations.
“Last year, we proceeded with the hearing on the nomination of Justice Sotomayor 48 days after she was designated,” Patrick pointed out. “Senate Republicans said that hearing was fair, and was conducted fairly. This year, I am scheduling the hearing to start 49 days after the nomination was announced.”
The judiciary committee sent a questionnaire to Elena last week, and they received her answers yesterday. They hope to have completed Elena’s confirmation before the Senate is dismissed for its summer break in July.
Elena is the second person that the president has had to nominate to the Supreme Court in the past year. He pegged her for a spot on the bench shortly after Justice John Paul Stevens announced his impending retirement in April.
– Sonya Eskridge