The U.S. Senate has finally confirmed Elena Kagan as the newest Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in a 63-73 vote. [CNN.com]
Five Republicans in the Senate had signaled their intention to vote for Kagan, meaning conservatives didn’t have the strength in numbers to delay the proceedings with a filibuster.
Only one Democrat announced his opposition: Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
"I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded," he said in a statement.
SCOTUSblog discusses what’s next for Kagan in her new job.