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Engel Statement on The Senate Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to The Supreme Court


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Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:

"I'm deeply disappointed by the Senate's vote today to confirm a man with so many red flags to our highest court. Brett Kavanaugh holds some dangerously conservative views, and the terrible damage he will do to women's rights, workers' rights, and civil rights as a Supreme Court Justice cannot be understated. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems surrounding his appointment. Judge Kavanaugh has also proven, beyond any doubt, that he is ill-tempered, highly partisan, and wholly unqualified to offer any objective judgements on the Supreme Court. This is to say nothing of the credible accusations levied against him by Dr. Ford and others, or the fact that it appears he repeatedly lied under oath to the Senate. Any one of these issues should have been more than enough to derail his confirmation. But the Senate GOP was undeterred, even in the face of overwhelming backlash from the American people.

"Senate Republicans have been right to call this process shameful. But the blame for that lies squarely with them, not the Democrats. By nominating an unfit candidate and ramming his nomination through--after having completely ignored the nomination of Merrick Garland by President Obama--the GOP has violated the spirit of the Constitution and directly undermined the institutions of both the Supreme Court and Senate. Their actions prove their allegiance belongs firmly to their ideology, not their country. Hopefully the voters remember that lesson in November."

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