Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an originalist, which means he holds to the original intent of the Constitution and would uphold the laws as written. Tom Carper, said Monday he is against confirming Kavanaugh. And he wasn't the only red state Democrat to say so. Partisans of both right and left want to do good, as they measure good, but they approach using the courts, particularly the Supreme Court, in different ways. The same Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are already talking about having Trump's pick confirmed before the next midterm elections.
Here's what central Illinois' congressional delegation has to say about Kavanaugh's nomination. "And I know that when women do not have the freedom to make their own choices about their reproductive health care, they have lost the freedom to direct their own lives". Like Trump's first nominee a year ago, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.
With Republicans holding a 51-49 majority - and Sen. You have many critics who say that is a cover for a conservative political agenda.
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"A decision by one or all of them [red-state Democratic senators] to try to bolster their standing with Republican-leaning voters in their states by backing the president's nominee would undermine Democratic leaders as they try to sustain party unity. Kiss my you know what", West Virginia's Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., all of whom are running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016. "In the years that Judge Kavanaugh has served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, he has revealed his true colors, and his substantial record over that time period has proven to be a profound disappointment".
Two moderate Republican senators whose votes will be crucial to his prospects, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both said they wanted to review his record carefully before making up their minds on whether to back him. The issue may eventually come before the Supreme Court, where Kavanaugh's view of the CFPB could prevail.
The day after he was nominated to become a Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh visited Capitol Hill, where his possible future on the high court will be determined. "So this is a stunning thing to me that is so shocking that we're going to have to allow this to happen". "In light of President Trump's promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe, this nomination could jeopardize the right to an abortion millions of women and families have relied on for more than four decades", the ACLU said in a statement. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". "I don't think that's what Donald Trump thinks", Sanders said, arguing that the traditional deference, the tap-dancing around the edges of the nominee's politics, would amount to surrender at this stage.