Grassley: If Any GOPs Defect, Don't Expect Dems to Vote for Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon AP

She voted in April 2017 to appoint Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's Supreme Court nominee who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Kavanaugh was previously confirmed by the Senate when former President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he has served as a judge since 2006. "There might be a possibility getting a few, but I don't think any of those few would dare help us get over the hurdle if we lost a Republican or two".

Fox News was the most-watched network during Monday's announcement, attracting more than 6.6 million viewers between 9 and 9:15 p.m. that night -more than triple the roughly 2 million who watched MSNBC during that same span, and over four times CNN's audience of almost 1.6 million, according to Nielsen data reported by AdWeek.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

There are two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are being watched closely because of their pro-abortion rights stances and their votes against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare".

Democrats are making the case that Kavanaugh should pledge to recuse himself from any case involving Trump's financial dealings or the Russian Federation investigation.

Recent justices have tended to retire under a president of the party that nominated them.

"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen.

No date has been set for confirmation hearings.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah said that Brett Kavanaugh ran up thousands of dollars in debt buying baseball tickets.

That's all the support Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed.

In the Post account, Starr said he chose Kavanaugh to write the crucial section on impeachment because he would be dispassionate, saying "this was not a man on a mission".

Republicans are facing a narrow majority - 51-49, including two independents who caucus with the Democrats - in order to appoint President Donald Trump's nominee and McCain's absence could hinder that process. Donnelly has not, to my knowledge, praised the nominee the way Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen.

Similarly, in 2006, Kennedy - who routinely looked to worldwide law in interpreting, among other texts, the Eighth Amendment - provided the pivotal fifth vote in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court struck down the first round of military commissions created by President George W. Bush for several reasons, including because they did not comply with the Geneva Conventions.

But so far, Democrats are holding back.

Judge Kavanaugh seems to have a pretty long paper trail-does that mean we can more confidently infer his positions? "A solid conservative who interprets the law, who won't make the law". "Again, social policy shouldn't be advanced by the court".

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

The rest of the law would nearly certainly remain intact even if the mandate were struck down, experts say, since Congress repealed the penalty for violating the mandate a year ago while leaving the rest of the law in place. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. "Now that the mandate has changed, I wouldn't count on Roberts, and nor should the American people".

But for Kavanaugh, the differences are stark between his finances and those of his would-be peers on the Court. Kavanaugh sided with a religious group that objected to having to notify their insurer or the federal government if they wanted an exemption.

Brune and other critics cited a 2014 opinion in which Kavanaugh argued that the Environmental Protection Agency must take monetary costs into consideration when deciding whether to regulate mercury and other pollutants from power plants.

Brianne Gorod, chief counsel at the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, said defenders of the ACA can never be too careful.

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