Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:
“President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court could have a profound impact on American life for the next generation. Our founding fathers created the Supreme Court to be a check and balance against the other two branches of government. Justices are beholden to the Constitution and must use judicial precedent and existing law to make decisions – not political leanings or personal ideology.
It is vital that my colleagues in the Senate review every decision, dissent and legal writing in Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive background so that we have a full understanding of his legal philosophy before he is confirmed. The current Administration has launched a relentless assault on immigrants, Muslims, worker protections, healthcare, the environment and consumer protections. The increasingly conservative Court recently rubber-stamped the White House’s racist travel ban and ruled against American laborers.
With so much at stake, we must make sure each Supreme Court justice can fulfill his or her Constitutional duty to strictly interpret the law and not serve as pawns of the Executive Branch.”