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Jul 13, 2010 12:35 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Congress delays action on Supreme Court nominee

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has won a weeklong delay in scheduled action to send Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate for confirmation.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says GOP senators need more time to review written answers Kagan supplied for questions they posed after her confirmation hearings, and to inquire still further into how she would behave as a justice.

There's little doubt the Judiciary panel, where Democrats have a lopsided majority, will approve President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, and that she'll win Senate confirmation within weeks. Democrats have more than enough votes to elevate her, and a handful of Republicans is likely to join them.

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