Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court:
"The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh is the result of a reckless decision by President Trump to outsource his solemn responsibility to fill court vacancies to a right-wing group determined to advance his extreme agenda. If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh's elevation will cement a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court for a generation or more. At risk are long-established civil liberties and hard-won rights and opportunities for women, minorities, LGBTQ Americans, workers, and many others.
Our Founding Fathers established the judiciary as a separate and independent branch of government, not a rubber stamp for any president. It is more important now than ever that the Supreme Court fulfill its constitutional role as an independent check on the powers and policies of the executive branch. The Senate should reject this nomination and demand the president bring forth a new nominee in the historic tradition of an independent Supreme Court."