Red-state Democrats could put party in bind over Brett Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The vetting of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is just beginning, but his public financial disclosures make one thing clear: He's not as wealthy as many already on the high court.

As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented in 2011 from the appeals court's conclusion that Obamacare did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Kavanaugh, who has never worked in the private sector, showed two investments on public disclosure forms for previous year, which were worth a combined maximum of $65,000.

On Monday, President Trump once again delivered on his promise of nominating constitutionally sound Supreme Court justices. If confirmed, he would replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh once clerked. Many progressives responded by following the same line, but former Bush administration officials UC Berkley law professor John Yoo and St. Thomas School of Law professor Robert J. Delahunty took a different view.

More than 400 upset alumni, students and educators are calling for "moral courage" from the Ivy League school in an open letter online to condemn Kavanaugh, fearing that he would overturn Roe v. Wade, harm the environment, twist the First Amendment, and "act as a rubber stamp for President Trump's fraud and abuse", The College Fix reported.

Now Democrats - who as the minority party have few options to block the Kavanaugh confirmation process - are desperate for their support once more as they weigh what many see as one of the most consequential decisions of Trump's presidency.

Although Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, the absence of Sen.

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There are two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are being watched closely because of their pro-abortion rights stances and their votes against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare".

In fact, if the Democrats were able to earn back a majority in the Senate in the midterm elections, they would be in a position to reject any of Trump's Supreme Court nominees going forward.

"I obviously want the opportunity to sit down with him one on one to get a better sense of his judicial philosophy".

"I am part of the vibrant Catholic community in the D.C. area", he said.

While Scalia's unexpected death in 2016 gave Obama a chance to nominate a third person to the court, Senate Republicans refused to give the Democrat's nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing.

Since Trump announced his choice for the court, both Nixon and Cuomo have received endorsements from pro-choice groups.

"I think his confirmation will go well", Hatch said during brief remarks to reporters before meeting more privately with Kavanaugh.

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