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Statement on Kagan Nomination to Supreme Court

U.S. Senator Mark Begich released the following statement after President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court:

"President Obama has nominated one of our nation's most gifted lawyers with a diverse background and broad experience for the opening on the U.S. Supreme Court. Solicitor General Kagan already has broken glass ceilings as the first female dean of the Harvard Law School. I take very seriously my obligation as a senator to participate in the confirmation process.

"I look forward to meeting with Solicitor General Kagan to ask her about issues which are of particular concern to Alaskans, including Second Amendment rights, privacy and her philosophy toward activism on the federal bench.

"With a massive spill continuing in the Gulf of Mexico on everyone's mind, I'd like to discuss the Supreme Court's decision, which I strongly disagreed with, dramatically reducing what Exxon should have paid to Alaskans damaged by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and get her thoughts on the appropriate role of courts in the payment of damages from human-caused disasters."

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