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Thursday, 05 August 2010 15:37
Louisiana US Senators Split On Kagan, Vitter “No”, Landrieu “Yes”
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Louisiana’s US Senators were split on their vote to confirm Elena Kagan as the next US Supreme Court Justice.  
David Vitter, a republican, voted no and Mary Landrieu, a democrat voted yes.

 


Below is what Landrieu and Vitter said regarding the vote:
Landrieu
– United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today voted to confirm Elena Kagan as the next Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan will become the fourth woman to serve on the nation's highest court.
Sen. Landrieu said:
“I am proud to support Elena Kagan to serve our nation on the U.S. Supreme Court. During our meeting and throughout her confirmation hearings, Kagan demonstrated her intellect, knowledge of the law and willingness to listen to different viewpoints to find a consensus. Her fair-mindedness and enthusiasm will suit her well on the bench. It is no surprise, given her outstanding resume and her commitment to diversity, that she is supported by dozens of groups, including the National District Attorneys Association, National Senior Citizens Law Center, the National Association of Social Workers and the NAACP.
“Ms. Kagan also has the support of key Republicans. I agree with South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham who has stated, ‘(the Constitution) puts upon me a standard that stood the test of time, is the person qualified? Is it a person of good character? Are they someone that understands the difference between being a judge and a politician? And, quite frankly, I think she's passed all those tests.’ Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine, also spoke out in favor of Ms. Kagan’s nomination saying, ‘I find that Ms. Kagan has met that standard with the strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any Justice.’ It is clear from these statements that the support and respect for Elena Kagan transcends party and ideology, as it should
David Vitter
“I voted against Solicitor General Kagan because her approach to the law throughout her career strongly suggests that she will try to legislate from the bench,” said Vitter.  “
Senator Vitter also said on his Facebook page Thursday morning, before the vote:
The U.S. Senate by a 63-37 vote on Thursday confirmed Elena Kagan as the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice and its fourth-ever female member.   
All but one Democratic Senator voted for the Obama nominee and that being Nebraska Se. Ben Nelson. Most of the Democrat Senators voted for Kagan as did the two independents. So did five republicans--Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Judd Gregg (N.H.), Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine).
Kagan, 50, was nominated by President Obama to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens
– United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today voted to confirm Elena Kagan as the next Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Kagan will become the fourth woman to serve on the nation's highest court.
Sen. Landrieu said:
“I am proud to support Elena Kagan to serve our nation on the U.S. Supreme Court. During our meeting and throughout her confirmation hearings, Kagan demonstrated her intellect, knowledge of the law and willingness to listen to different viewpoints to find a consensus. Her fair-mindedness and enthusiasm will suit her well on the bench. It is no surprise, given her outstanding resume and her commitment to diversity, that she is supported by dozens of groups, including the National District Attorneys Association, National Senior Citizens Law Center, the National Association of Social Workers and the NAACP.
“Ms. Kagan also has the support of key Republicans. I agree with South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham who has stated, ‘(the Constitution) puts upon me a standard that stood the test of time, is the person qualified? Is it a person of good character? Are they someone that understands the difference between being a judge and a politician? And, quite frankly, I think she's passed all those tests.’ Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine, also spoke out in favor of Ms. Kagan’s nomination saying, ‘I find that Ms. Kagan has met that standard with the strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any Justice.’ It is clear from these statements that the support and respect for Elena Kagan transcends party and ideology, as it should
David Vitter
“I voted against Solicitor General Kagan because her approach to the law throughout her career strongly suggests that she will try to legislate from the bench,” said Vitter.  “
Senator Vitter also said on his Facebook page Thursday morning, before the vote:
Today in the Senate we'll be voting on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan. I'll be voting 'no' because I have serious concerns about her past legal work – specifically her views on Second Amendment rights, protections for life and military recruiters on campus. Her track record also leads me to believe she’ll try and le...gislate from the bench. Do you support or oppose her nomination?

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