Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:
“I was proud to vote to confirm Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court. As her confirmation hearing made clear, Kagan has deep legal expertise and understands the proper role of a judge in our system of divided government. I look forward to her admirable service for many years to come.
“Kagan will join a court dominated by conservatives that too often has departed from its best institutional traditions, resulting in unprecedented and sharply divided decisions favoring special interests and big corporations. I hope that Kagan will help provide a counterbalance to this disturbing trend.”