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Lawmakers react to SCOTUS pick

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WSIL -- Local lawmakers are reacting to President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the seat being left vacant by the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. President Trump called Kavanaugh "a judge's judge", saying what matters is not a judge's political views, rather whether he can set those views aside to what the law and constitution require.  

Kavanaugh, 53, is currently a judge in the United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was appointed to the position in 2006 by President George W. Bush.

U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement:

The newfound urgency to fill Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court seat from many of the same people who refused to even consider President Obama's nominee is transparent opportunism that represents everything Americans hate most about politics today. We can't ignore the reality that Donald Trump wants to take us back to a time when insurers could refuse coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or that he promised to only nominate Justices who would put the government back in between women and their doctors.

If he succeeds, it won't only affect people like me who could be prevented from having children through IVF; the impacts will be felt by everyone. Whoever replaces Justice Kennedy will play a critical role in the lives of all women and every single American. Moving forward, I will thoroughly review Judge Kavanaugh's rulings, evaluate his qualifications and look for him to make it clear to the American public that he would be independent, not simply a rubber stamp for Donald Trump's whims, if he hopes to earn my support.

U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on President Trump's nomination:

"The next Justice will likely be the deciding vote on whether Americans will keep affordable health insurance for pre-existing conditions, whether women will lose the freedom to make their own health care choices, and whether we have a Constitution that protects the rights of all Americans or just big corporations and wealthy elites.

Brett Kavanaugh is a judge who consistently favors big business and undermines protections for consumers, workers, women, and the environment.  Replacing Justice Kennedy's swing vote with a far-right jurist like Judge Kavanaugh could change the rules in America.   Just as troubling, in light of the ongoing Russia investigation, Judge Kavanaugh has expressed staunch opposition to criminal investigations of sitting Presidents.   

With a subservient Republican Congress and a far-right Supreme Court, there is a real risk that the worst impulses of the Trump presidency will go unchecked.  The stakes for this nomination are historic.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) released the following statement:

Judge Kavanaugh is a highly-qualified nominee with an outstanding legal background. I look forward to learning more about his judicial record and talking with him about his judicial philosophy as the confirmation process moves forward.

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