Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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USA senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

USA senators take sides on Trump's Supreme Court pick

"Any senator who believes Supreme Court justices should protect the rights of all Americans should reject this nomination".

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But there's four key policy areas where Kavanaugh needs to do some convincing to ensure his confirmation. Other senators on this list declined that invite.

Kavanaugh spent 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and has a record of more conservative rulings on environmental cases, favoring industry over regulators especially in cases related to greenhouse gas emissions. And if Kavanaugh is on the court by then, it could thrust him into the middle of an issue he has been wrestling with for most of his adult life.

This scenario is bad for those vulnerable Senate Democrats, who must either vote against the nominee in states where voters are likely to view Kavanaugh and Trump favorably or risk alienating their Democratic supporters by playing a direct role in the confirmation of a judge that many rank-and-file Democrats find wholly unacceptable. How Kavanaugh responds could be a significant determining factor for Collins.

"Government must keep its hands off the editorial decisions of Internet service providers", Kavanaugh wrote. Kavanaugh, for instance, supported the highly controversial federal metadata collection program, declaring in 2015 that "the government's metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment".

Brett Kavanaugh is the president's latest blow to a future with a free and open internet.

Paul's potential concerns may not be to worrisome for Republicans, however - Paul has been known to voice opposition, even in the form of a filibuster, before voting with his GOP colleagues.


Democrats on Wednesday were reorienting their uphill push to block U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, moving healthcare to the center of their strategy and putting less emphasis on abortion rights.

He also took part in legal action over the vote recount in the state of Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who described Kavanaugh as a "superb" pick, called on Democrat senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command".

Mark Weaver, a former OH assistant attorney general and an adjunct professor of government at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said he thinks it would be fair for senators to ask Kavanaugh how far he'd go in basing his rulings on the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868. A vote for Trump's nominee could boost his chances of eking out a win-and that goes for the rest of the bunch.

"If the American people come to believe this court would overturn women's reproductive freedom and the ACA, we would get a majority of votes", he added.

Manchin was was also among the three Democrats to vote for Gorsuch previous year.

President Trump last month at a White House meeting made sure to remind the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's chairwoman that he had helped her achieve two of her long-standing legislative goals - opening up Arctic drilling and giving the go-ahead for a road in an Alaska wilderness. That's because, he says, the Supreme Court will ultimately determine whether health insurers will be prohibited from denying insurance to hundreds of thousands of his constituents with pre-existing conditions. As many as 22 states could be impacted over the course of two years. "Throughout his judicial career, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a strong commitment to upholding the law, rather than legislating from the bench". Realistically, Judge Kavanaugh could well have authored the same opinion. But the Democratic fight for congressional control could take a hit in the Senate, where party incumbents are fighting for their political futures in deep-red states where control of the court could be an important factor for voters.

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