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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Hanabusa’s Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

July 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump nominated federal appellate judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reject the President’s attempt to fundamentally alter the balance of the court and further chip away at the protections guaranteed by our Constitution. It is no coincidence that a President under federal investigation and the defendant in multiple civil lawsuits is nominating a Judge who has pushed Congress to pass legislation exempting the President from civil actions and criminal investigations while in office. Judge Kavanaugh believes, as Trump does, that the President should have broad executive authority. He consistently sided with arguments that supported that position during his 12 years as a Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”

“Moreover, Judge Kavanaugh has consistently opposed the fundamental rights of women. Trump is on a crusade to overturn Roe v. Wade, a pursuit that will likely result in a lawsuit that could come before the Supreme Court. In October, Kavanaugh dissented when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stopped the Trump administration from blocking a 17-year-old migrant from obtaining an abortion.  Kavanaugh wrote ‘government has permissible interests in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.’”

“He is a pro-business conservative to the right of Justice Kennedy, who opposes tougher gun laws and environmental regulations. Judge Kavanaugh supports the Trump administration’s efforts and methods to undermine the Affordable Care Act, especially when it comes to Americans dealing with pre-existing conditions.”

“We cannot allow this President to reverse decades of progress to end discrimination, expand healthcare coverage, and advance the rights of women, workers, the LGBTQ community, minority communities and Native people.”