Senate Republicans say Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will get tough questions during her confirmation hearing but a filibuster is unlikely.
Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate's Republican whip, says filibusters are primarily for "extreme circumstances" and he doesn't think Kagan's nomination fits that description.
But her lack of judicial experience should draw intense questions about her legal positions, policies and practices.
She is now solicitor general, the top government lawyer who argues the administration's cases before the Supreme Court, and was dean of Harvard Law School. But she has never been a judge.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Judiciary Committee's top Republican, says kagan "has so little other record, this is going to be a big deal."
The confirmation hearing schedule will be set this week.