Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on President Donald John Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States:
“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is President Trump’s latest shameful effort to further roll back the progress we have made on voting rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, civil rights, clean air and water, gun control, healthcare, and so much more. We cannot take nominations to the Supreme Court lightly. We need a justice who will be truly independent and not bound by political promises and litmus tests.
“Two years ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intentionally left a vacancy on the Supreme Court for more than ten months in order to win a political victory. This unprecedented and disgraceful obstruction, followed by Senator McConnell’s unilateral change in Senate procedure to force through the nomination of Justice Gorsuch, called into question the Senate’s ability to effectively carry out its Constitutional responsibility to provide oversight of the Executive Branch’s judicial nominees.
“I am particularly alarmed by President Trump’s support for overturning Roe v. Wade and eroding women’s access to healthcare. It has been 45 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe, yet the President has signaled that he will stop at nothing to turn back the clock on reproductive freedoms, even going so far as to say that women receiving abortions should be ‘punished’ regardless of the circumstance. A woman has the right to make her own decisions about her body – end of story. Judge Kavanaugh’s support for Congressional Republicans’ obsession with cutting off access to women’s healthcare is insulting, dangerous, and intrinsically disqualifying.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.