WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to recommend confirmation of Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court this week and send her nomination to the Senate floor where she may get the votes of 62 senators, one more vote than she won last year when confirmed as U.S. solicitor general.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for Tuesday, but an individual senator can have that date moved back by up to one week.
Seven Republican senators voted for Kagan's 2009 confirmation as solicitor general, the Justice Department job of representing the U.S. government in Supreme Court cases. Three of them, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., are likely to vote against her this time.
The four previous supporters expected to vote for Kagan again areMaine's two Republicans, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe; Judd Gregg, R-N.H.; and Richard Lugar, R-Ind. Joining them this time may be Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Scott Brown, R-Mass.
The Senate approved Kagan's nomination as solicitor general 61-31. No Democrats voted against her and seven senators did not cast a vote either way.