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Message from Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senator

Fellow Utahn —

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

During the hearings, I had several opportunities to question Ms. Kagan which I used to grill her on issues ranging from the First Amendment to partial birth abortion. Issues that should have sounded familiar because they were suggested by many of you.

Last Friday, I announced that I will be voting ‘No’ on Ms. Kagan’s nomination:

“I have carefully examined Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s record, actively participated in the entire Judiciary Committee hearing, and considered the views of supporters and opponents from Utah and across the country. Qualifications for judicial service include both legal experience and, more importantly, the appropriate judicial philosophy. The law must control the judge; the judge must not control the law. I have concluded that, based on evidence rather than blind faith, General Kagan regrettably does not meet this standard and that, therefore, I cannot support her appointment.

“Supreme Court Justices who, like General Kagan, had no prior judicial experience did have an average of 21 years in private legal practice. General Kagan has two. The fact that her experience is instead academic and political only magnifies my emphasis on judicial philosophy as the most important qualification for judicial service.

“Over nearly 25 years, General Kagan has endorsed, and praised those who endorse, an activist judicial philosophy. I was surprised when she encouraged us at the hearing simply to discard or ignore certain parts of her record. I am unable to do that. I also cannot ignore disturbing situations in which it appears that her personal or political views drove her legal views. She promoted the Clinton administration’s extreme position on abortion, including the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion.”

This week’s update includes the full video of my questioning of Kagan, as well as an update from the Heritage Foundation on my efforts to repeal ObamaCare.


Senator Hatch

P.S. I hope you and your family enjoyed the Independence Day holiday.

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