I Will Not Vote No on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Sweet Alice Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris and meals to families and to those in need;

Aldo Brachetti, Co-Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution;

Aldo Brachetti, Co-Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution; and

Niki de Guzman, Chair of the Committee on Banking and Financial Services.

I was recently asked, “Are you going to vote ‘no’ on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nominee?”  In response to that question, as a member of this body, I can say for sure I will not vote no on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice.  I believe his background, his education, the experiences and the intellect he brings to the table, as well as his commitment to the principle of due process for all Americans, is all a positive reason why we should make this nomination.

I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  I have heard from many colleagues, including Democrats and Republicans, about the process that our colleagues have gone through to reach this nomination.  Let me make this clear, our nomination was not made without a great deal of thought, prayer, and concern; it was made with full consultation with his family, friends, our entire staff, and numerous Senators and Members of Congress, including the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, and the ranking members of the committees of jurisdiction.  I also want to recognize the extraordinary, hard work of every individual who worked with Senator Feinstein, Senator Flake, Senator Collins, Senator Manchin, Senator Menendez, Senator Whitehouse, Senator Sanders, Senator Shaheen, Senator Feinstein, Senator Booker, Senators Baldwin, Portman, Collins, Booker, and Murphy and the other Senators who have advocated for this nomination.

This nomination, as Senator Collins said, is a moment when, “people care about facts, not just about politics.  People have come to us

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