Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now

Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now

While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

The moderate GOP senator added, however, that she would take into consideration "other issues involving judicial temperament and his judicial philosophy" before making a final decision. While he has yet to reveal his sentiments on the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion access, he was involved with a dispute over whether a pregnant migrant woman who was being held by immigration authorities could receive an abortion in 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It's official! President Donald Trump has named Brett Michael Kavanaugh has his Supreme Court Justice nominee! I am inclined to take him at his word that he would find a nominee who meets his criteria - but his standards and mine are vastly different on these topics. The president's job is hard enough as is. He clearly is qualified for the job. Sen. One of their hopes is to win governor's mansions this fall (see my in-need-of-an-update Top 10 governor's races here), and then be in a position to veto maps drawn by still-Republican-controlled legislatures, and then at least force those maps to go to courts, which have ruled in favor of Democrats lately.

"President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Shelby said in a statement.

"Rehnquist's dissenting opinion [in Roe...] stated that under the Court's precedents, any such unenumerated right had to be rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people", Kavanaugh summarized.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. But she also noted that the judge has faced criticism from some conservatives who are concerned by his previous rulings on the Affordable Care Act.

In a key decision, Kavanaugh authored the opinion that blocked an EPA rule - dubbed the "good neighbor rule" - that would limit risky interstate air pollution from power plants.


"The justice has already rendered one decision on the Affordable Care Act that frankly was criticized by conservatives of not going far enough", Collins noted on Tuesday. Kavanaugh is Trump's second nominee, giving the president a chance to solidify conservative control of the court for years to come.

"Judge Kavanaugh presents a great threat to the faithful application of our nation's bedrock public health and environmental laws should he become a Justice on the Supreme Court", Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement Monday evening. Cashman was a member of Georgetown Prep's Class of 1985 - a class that also included Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

In a partial dissent, Kavanaugh said the EPA should have considered the cost to the power industry before regulating toxic air pollution in the 2014 case White Stallion Energy Ctr.

In addition, Blumenthal contended that "Judge Kavanaugh, if he is a justice, would be the swing vote" in deciding if Trump could eventually pardon himself.

"We are talking about the rule of law here - that is what really needs to be probed". Last month, the Justice Department threw its support behind a lawsuit arguing that Obamacare's protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

"He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", Trump said in his prime-time televised White House announcement. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

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