Ala. senator focuses on Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Alabama senator Jeff Sessions (R) is looking at the upcoming approval hearing of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) made the decision to schedule the nomination hearing for June 28th.

Sen. Sessions said the meeting with Leahy "was a good meeting" in which the Chairman took the time to hear Republican views, but Sessions is strongly supporting a hold on hearings until after the 4th of July recess.

"This would give the Committee adequate time to review Ms. Kagan's record and to prepare for the hearings—including a careful review of the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents we expect to receive from the Clinton Library pursuant to [Tuesday's] bipartisan request," Sessions said.

Kagan responded to a Committee questionnaire by issuing the following responses.

"At this time, it remains to be seen whether the schedule set by the Chairman will be adequate to allow us to meet our important constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review Ms. Kagan's record on behalf of the American people and to hold respectful and substantive hearings that reflect well on both our Committee and the entire Senate," Sessions explained.

Senator Sessions did not rule out requesting additional time for consideration of Kagan if the need arises.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Senator Jeff Session's Press Office