By Michael Riley
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., on Tuesday became the sixth lawmaker to declare he'll vote to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court when her name comes before the full Senate later this month.
Praising her intellect and demeanor, Bennet said he had no doubt the former Harvard Law School dean would become "a model justice" with a touch for how the law affects real lives.
"In her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she demonstrated a pragmatic, non-ideological perspective and an appreciation for legal precedent and the Constitution, as well as a firm grasp of how the law affects the lives of the American people," Bennet said of Kagan, 50, who would become the third woman on the high court.
Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is postponing by one week its vote on Kagan after objections from the panel's top Republican. The committee had planned to vote Tuesday, but Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions invoked his privilege and was granted a one-week delay. The vote will be July 20.
Nine Republicans have said they will definitely vote against the nomination, according to a count by the website Hotline On Call. Prominent GOP leaders in the Senate have conceded, however, they don't have votes to stop confirmation.
Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is among the lawmakers who have announced they will vote to confirm Kagan. All of them are Democrats.