However, Democrats are expected to fight against the confirmation since Kennedy's departure serves as the loss of a deciding swing vote on many progressive issues. Sign in or Sign up today! "There is no one in American more qualified for this position and no one more deserving".
Those meetings are an opportunity for senators to ask questions of the potential justice in a private setting before public hearings begin.
Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.
"I've never seen a president of the United States, in effect, make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", Blumenthal said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens.
A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony. A fourth nominee came up at the last minute: Thomas Hardiman. They say the person would likely take strongly conservative views on issues like abortion and health care. He is a fine husband, father, and friend-and a man of the highest integrity. During his tenure, he has clearly established a judicial philosophy that the personal beliefs of individuals should dictate the lives of others.
"Judge Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials". He also stressed that the constitution must be interpreted "as written - informed by history and tradition and precedent". "These days I help him serve meals for the homeless at Catholic Charities". He then introduced Kavanaugh, who shook hands with Trump before standing with his wife and two daughters. In confirming Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Republicans eliminated the 60-vote requirement to advance a nomination to the high court.
"As I have said, part of my job as Senator includes thoroughly considering judicial nominations, including to the Supreme Court".
Trump previous year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former president Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The 53-year-old is a graduate of Yale Law School, and also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton. "Vulnerable senators up for reelection this year have a choice: Stand with the president and their constituents ... or cave to pressure from the extreme abortion lobby".
Kennedy, a Republican appointee, often voted with the court's liberal members in cases involving abortion rights, gay rights and affirmative action.
"I urge the United States Senate to give this nomination adequate consideration, followed by swift confirmation".
Approximately 56 percent of Trump voters maintain his Supreme Court appointments were the most important factor. Past year that seat was filled by Neil Gorsuch. Republicans now have a 51-49 majority - one more then it needs to confirm the nominee - but it is unlikely that Senator John McCain, who has been absent from the floor while he battles brain cancer, will return for a vote.
But now Democrats will proceed with their preset strategy for fighting any Trump picks - charging that confirmation guarantees the end of Roe v. Wade and ObamaCare. "A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility-which I take very seriously".
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