Reid plans confirmation vote for Kagan before August recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he planned a vote on Elena Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court before the August recess.

Reid said he planned to bring Kagan's nomination up for a vote "before we leave for August recess."

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Obama's pick for the high court in a largely party-lines, 13-6 vote on Tuesday morning. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined with all the committee's Democrats to support Kagan.

The committee's vote sends Kagan's nomination to the whole Senate, which needs 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and confirm her to the bench.

Graham's support should make confirmation all but a formality if the Senate's 59 Democratic members stick together to support her.

Obama has pushed for the Senate to confirm Kagan with all possible speed so she can be seated on the court before its next term begins in October. She replaces the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.