Letter to DE members re SCT nomination fight

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July 23, 2018

Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons
cc: Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester

The members of Secure America's Future Economy would like to urge that your vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court be based on the nominee's professional qualifications and record versus his perceived political leanings. Our reasoning is spelled out in this week's SAFE
blog entry.

Note: The blog entry includes some discussion of Sen. Carper's comments on this matter and the criticism that he has received from the Left.

Thanks for you anticipated follow-up on this matter.

SAFE

RESPONSE OF SEN. CARPER, 7/25/18
Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. I appreciate receiving your input about this important matter.

To say this is the most important Supreme Court vacancy of my lifetime is an understatement. The next Supreme Court justice will be the ‘swing vote’ on reproductive rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and countless other rights that we all hold dear and that impact every single American. The next Supreme Court justice may very well decide the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, as well as which Americans have access to health care and the voting booth. The next Supreme Court justice will make decisions that will affect our democracy, our economy, and our environment for generations.

Having said that, reviewing a Supreme Court nominee should not be a hurried process. It should be thoughtful and deliberative. In the case of Judge Kavanaugh, I will urge my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to carefully examine Judge Kavanaugh’s record as a lawyer on the investigative team that eventually published the Starr Report, as a high-ranking official in the Administration of President George W. Bush, and as a judge for the past 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. I will urge my colleagues to hold hearings, to ask tough questions, and to insist on clear answers from Judge Kavanaugh about his record.

Although I did ultimately support Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2006, his substantial record has proven to be a profound disappointment. Nonetheless, I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh in the coming weeks to provide him the opportunity to explain his record on the bench.

Thank you once again for contacting me, and please don’t hesitate to contact me in the future regarding this, or other matters of importance to you.

RESPONSE OF SEN. CHRIS COONS, 8/7/18
Thank you for writing to me about President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy’s vacant Supreme Court seat. I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

While Judge Kavanaugh has impressive academic and professional credentials, I’m very concerned about the type of justice he would be on the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is among the most consequential of my lifetime. The next Supreme Court justice will likely make decisions with far reaching consequences, including on privacy, health care, immigration, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, campaign finance, criminal justice, and environmental protection. I am profoundly concerned that the next justice could roll back progress, including core parts of Justice Kennedy’s legacy.

A s a Senator, and in particular, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will do my job in the coming weeks and months. First, I will insist that before any action is taken by the Senate, Judge Kavanaugh’s full record must be collected, disclosed, and examined. I will meet with Judge Kavanaugh, thoroughly review his extensive record, and ask him direct, hard questions in both public and private settings.

I will also do my best to make as clear as possible to the people of Delaware and the nation as a whole what it would mean to have Judge Kavanaugh on the highest court in the land. The American people deserve to know whether Judge Kavanaugh will act to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, sharply restrict access to abortion, further roll back workers’ rights and environmental protections, expand the corrosive role of money in our politics, reverse the historic progress we’ve made for LGBTQ rights, and more.‎

All Americans will be impacted by the decisions that the next Supreme Court justice will help shape. To every Delawarean and all Americans: I urge you to get involved, speak out, and make your voices heard on whether you believe Judge Kavanaugh should become a Supreme Court justice.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I am honored to represent Delaware in the United States Senate and value hearing from Delawareans on issues of concern. My website can provide additional details about my work in the Senate, including legislation and state projects. I hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues that matter to you.

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