Senate Judiciary Committee approves Kagan nomination

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, setting up a final confirmation vote by the Senate. Kagan would become the nation’s fourth female Supreme Court justice. The final confirmation vote is expected to take place before the Senate departs for its August recess. If approved, Kagan will fill the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens and become the 112th person to join the high court.

For more information check out CNN’s coverage of Kagan’s nomination here.

Sen. Al Franken Succeeds in Passing an Amendment to Protect Victims of Sexual Assault!

A female employee of Halliburton/KBR was gang raped by her co-workers in Baghdad and then locked in a shipping container when she attempted to report the crime.  She was allowed to return home due to intervention by her US Representative, Ted Poe.  However, due to a clause in her Halliburton/KBR contract, she was unable to face her rapists in court.  The contract forced her to settle the matter out of court in arbitration.

Thankfully, Junior Senator Al Franken was paying attention!  He proposed and has now passed Senate Amendment 2588 which prohibits government contractors from forcing employees to resolve legal matters in arbitration.

Senate Amendment 2588 passed on a vote of 68-30. Read the text here.