U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel brought a striking visual aid - a wire coat hanger - to a briefing for reporters in Washington, D.C., as a way of dramatizing the importance of abortion rights in the debate over whether Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".
- Ever since declaring that handgun bans violate the Second Amendment a decade ago, the Supreme Court has refused to say which other gun control laws are constitutional and which aren't.
Abortion rights advocates also worry about one of President Donald Trump's campaign promises.
In the one year and seven months he has been in office, Trump has won Senate confirmation for one Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, who replaced the late Antonin Scalia, and more than 40 lower court judges.
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"John's not going to give up and he's not going to resign, and he's said wonderful, brilliant things about Judge Kavanaugh", former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Mac and Gaydos.
Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights.
"Following the president's announcement, I will carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh", Donnelly said.
"Sen. Jeff Flake said in a statement: "As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority". Thus, no matter whether the President is Democratic or Republican, no matter whether the Senate is controlled by Democrats or by Republicans, you have the same ground rules for how nominations will be considered. Kavanaugh, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1990, worked as a clerk for Kennedy.
The White House said some of Kavanaugh's credit card debt listed on his 2016 financial form was due to buying season tickets to the Washington Nationals for himself and several friends, but officials stressed that he was reimbursed for the friends' tickets in 2017. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) haven't expressed deep reservations about Kavanaugh.
"I obviously want the opportunity to sit down with him one on one to get a better sense of his judicial philosophy". A slate of progressive senators and 2020 White House hopefuls, including Sens.