CHN: Advocates Respond to Supreme Court Nominee

Advocates responded with concerns about President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Concerns ranged from his position on the Affordable Care Act and disability rights to labor rights, voting rights, consumer protections, the environment, and more. In a statement, CHN’s Executive Director Deborah Weinstein said, “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court poses grave risks to workers, consumers, and all Americans who seek legal protections against those who would deny them health coverage, voting and workplace rights, or endanger them with predatory lending or an unsafe environment.” Leaders from the Center for American Progress, Alliance for Justice, MoveOn, the Service Employees International Union, and others joined some Senate Democrats at a rally outside the Supreme Court on July 9 protesting the nomination.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 100 national, state, and local organizations sent a letter urging the Senate to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination, saying Kavanaugh “lacks the impartiality and independence necessary to sit on the highest court in the land.” The letter expressed concern about Kavanaugh in a number of areas, including immigrant justice, presidential power, gun safety, criminal justice, and more. Hearings on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation have not yet been scheduled but may begin in the Senate in August. Republicans would like to see him confirmed before the next Supreme Court session begins in early October. For more information on recent Supreme Court decisions that advocates have opposed, see the July 2 Human Needs Report.

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