United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Senate to start concentrating on gun control bills next week

Senate to start concentrating on gun control bills next week

The Senate Judiciary Committee seems all but certain to start voting on an assault weapons ban and other gun curbs next week, Congress’ first roll calls in response to the Newtown, Conn., slayings of 26 students and staff at an elementary school in December. The Democratic-written bills largely follow President Barack Obama’s proposals for limiting […]

Victims, academics, others join in on gun fight

Victims, academics, others join in on gun fight

A woman whose Chicago police officer brother was fatally shot in 2010 says it’s time for Congress to pass laws keeping guns from criminals. Another woman says firearms restrictions prevented her from protecting her parents when they were killed in a 1991 mass shooting in a Texas restaurant. The two were among several witnesses taking […]

NRA, gun control advocates face off before Senate

NRA, gun control advocates face off before Senate

The National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates, including the husband of wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are facing off at the year’s first Senate hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence. The two sides were squaring off Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose own members are divided in a microcosm of […]

Kagan nomination clears Senate panel

Kagan nomination clears Senate panel

President Barack Obama‘s second US Supreme Court pick, Elena Kagan, drew one step closer Tuesday to being just the fourth woman to reach the high bench as a key senate committee backed her nomination. The Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with vetting Kagan voted 13-6 to send her nomination to the full Senate, where her all-but-certain […]

Problem for GOP: Where’s the passion?

Problem for GOP: Where’s the passion?

Republican senators have already blamed the breezy confirmation process for Elena Kagan on simple math, saying Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is already ensured with 58 Democrats in the Senate. But the GOP has more than just a math problem with Kagan. It has a passion problem — the party, which has used judicial […]

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan drew opposition Friday from Republican leader Mitch McConnell and two other GOP senators, raising the prospect of a confirmation largely along party lines. “The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration,” […]

Kagan takes cautious road in confirmation hearings

Kagan takes cautious road in confirmation hearings

Elena Kagan is following the path of every recent Supreme Court nominee in pledging “a fair shake for every American” who comes before the court and stressing her ordinary roots. The 50-year-old solicitor general is promising “evenhandedness and impartiality” and insisting she will be properly deferential to Congress while safeguarding individuals’ rights. But as senators […]

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Obama administration’s apparent attempt to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak with a plum federal appointment if he dropped out of the race against Sen. Arlen Specter is a simmering scandal that’s threatening to boil over. Republicans, and even some Democrats, want to know more about Sestak’s claim that the White House tried — and failed […]

Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Pushing forward with one of his most consequential decisions, President Barack Obama has begun informal talks with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. And now he is reaching out to the senators who will control the confirmation fight ahead. Obama was to meet Wednesday with the top Democrat and Republican in the Senate, along with […]

Battle lines drawn over liberal court pick

Battle lines drawn over liberal court pick

California law professor Goodwin Liu will be a test case of President Barack Obama’s ability to win confirmation for a liberal appeals court nominee. Round One is Friday, when Liu — nominated for a San Francisco-based appeals court — appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee to face Republicans staunchly opposed to his liberal views. The […]