Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Democrats Say Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Is A Threat To The ACA

Democrats Say Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Is A Threat To The ACA

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination. The two GOP senators also support access to abortion services.

"If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case, and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American Rule of Law", he said earlier. A simple majority is required.

Despite the cohesiveness among most Senate Democrats on the anti-Kavanaugh messaging, it's not yet clear how three moderate members of the caucus - Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., all of whom voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch and are in the midst of tough re-election fights this year, will vote. So, moving the median to the right will shift the ideological position of the majority coalition on many cases. Still others believe the DC Appeals Court judge was President Trump's "establishment" pick because he had the best chance of getting through the confirmation process. But Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who also met with Kavanaugh on Wednesday - and, as a former attorney general, once worked with him during practice for a session before the court - said he was hopeful the committee could begin its work during the final week of August. "The record is just so extensive - 12 years on the bench, and the court which he serves on, the DC Circuit, is a very important court", said Starr.

While Kavanaugh wrote that legal action against a president should be deferred, he also noted there is no current law that requires that. He later joined the administration of President George W. Bush. That opinion is not shocking, it's held by many legal experts, Republican and Democrat, alike.

Despite Democrats attempt to demonize him, Kavanaugh came off great when Trump introduced him to the American public as his nominee. But they can use the time to make the case that confirming Kavanaugh will tilt the court too far to the right.

Another issue the opposition will press him on is whether he would maintain Roe v. Wade, which as a judge, he shouldn't have to comment on.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans quickly praised Kavanaugh for his commitment to interpreting the law without considering personal politics.

Widow of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo has left China: friend
The first, Carl von Ossietzky, died of tuberculosis in Germany in 1938 while jailed for opposing Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime. Liu Xia has never been charged with any crime but said in May she was ready to die in protest at her continued detention.

Democrats face an uphill fight against Kavanaugh: He is impeccably credentialed, affable, well liked and well connected. They see that as concerning amid the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

Murkowski supports abortion rights, and it was a key reason she voted against Trump's Obamacare repeal last summer.

The 2018 salary of a Supreme Court associate justice is $255,300, according to the US Courts.

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination. The conservative Judicial Crisis Network plans to launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light. He described how his mother went on to earn a law degree, become a prosecutor and a judge.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane".

Second, Trump picked the only potential high court candidate who assures that the confirmation hearings will be dominated by a discussion of Trump's vulnerability to criminal proceedings as a sitting president.

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