Starr reacts to Kavanaugh nomination

13 July, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Veronica Peterson
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"This, too, is about taking something away", Lee said, referring to Democrats' plan to highlight what they see as a likelihood that Kavanaugh might vote to essentially dismantle ACA or upend abortion rights in some fashion, either by voting to overturn Roe v. Wade or in favor of allowing states to pass legislation that makes it all but impossible for a woman to obtain an abortion.

"And Biden was chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 1992, in a presidential election year, he said the Senate should not act on filling a Supreme Court vacancy if it had occurred that year", McConnell said. Aides say it could take weeks to assemble those materials.

Republicans have blasted Democrats for quickly attacking Kavanaugh, with some senators announcing their opposition as soon as or even before he was announced as the nominee.

Sen. Bob Casey is the rare Democrat who opposes some abortion rights and who describes himself as "pro-life", but he opposed Trump's nomination for a reason unrelated to abortion and before he knew it was Kavanaugh.

Democrats, including Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, are anxious Kavanaugh could try to weaken the Affordable Care Act and abortion rights should he be confirmed to the bench.

"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen.

No date has been set for confirmation hearings.

"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO and national director, said in a statement.

Trump reportedly was wary of Kavanaugh's close ties to George W. Bush, who nominated him to his current position in 2003.

A Kavanaugh confirmation would spell a decisive shift to the right for the top judicial body.

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But Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities in the Senate: 51 Republicans, against 49 Democrats and Independents.

"It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees", Graham said in the interview with Fox host Martha MacCallum. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., could be a swing voter.

The mistake played into concerns among conservatives that Democrats planned to blindly oppose anyone Trump might choose to nominate.

Kavanaugh's writings already have been cited in Supreme Court rulings, as in a 2013 decision preventing certain U.S. lawsuits against foreign corporations alleged to be responsible for human-rights abuses overseas and a 2015 decision stopping the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating mercury emissions from coal-fired plants without taking account of costs.

As part of that strategy, Democrats are focusing on Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both helped doom the repeal of the health care law. "[Republicans'] new strategy is to use the court system to invalidate the protections in the law for people with pre-existing conditions", Murphy said. "We call it an attempt to bork the nominee", McConnell said. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. "We need leaders out there to fight this nominee and win".

"Judge Kavanaugh's nomination presents an emergency - for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country", the letter reads.

Brune and other critics cited a 2014 opinion in which Kavanaugh argued that the Environmental Protection Agency must take monetary costs into consideration when deciding whether to regulate mercury and other pollutants from power plants.

Ultimately, neither the National Labor Relations Board nor the majority of judges on a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with Agri Processor.

Jordan Barab, a former OSHA official during the Obama years, wrote Tuesday on his blog Confined Space that the SeaWorld case shows Kavanaugh to be "a threat to workers and to OSHA".

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