WASHINGTON (ABC7) — President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday evening.
Democrats are already lining up against Kavanaugh as too conservative.
But Senate Majority Leader McConnell says senators should give him "the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command."
Below are reactions from Democrat and Republican lawmakers:
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Judge Kavanaugh has won the respect of his peers in the legal community and demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our republic. I look fwd to meeting w/ him and to the Senate’s thorough consideration of his nomination. My statement: https://t.co/rv1QDCdNyZ— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 10, 2018
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 10, 2018
Read my full statement on #WhatsAtStake: https://t.co/BYtcB3LWWB #StopKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/5f2Bomxltb
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
Here's what I'm wondering about the #SCOTUSpick:— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) July 10, 2018
Will Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings to uphold the ACA? Will he safeguard ALL Americans' civil rights? Will he protect women's freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions? Will he be independent of this President?
Read Kaine's full statement below:
“A Supreme Court nomination is the most consequential appointment that the Senate ever considers. As I have with nominees in the past, I will carefully review Judge Kavanaugh’s character, legal decisions, and writing to determine whether he should be confirmed to this crucial position. There are critical issues at stake, and four in particular I’ll be focusing on:
“Would Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings upholding the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees protections for Americans with preexisting conditions?
“As a longtime civil rights lawyer, I’m focused on whether Judge Kavanaugh would safeguard the civil rights of all Americans regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation and ensure that all are protected from discrimination.
“Would Judge Kavanaugh protect women’s freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions?
“And would Judge Kavanaugh be independent and willing to exercise appropriate checks against the Presidency, especially given this President’s alarming claims that he has the power to fire Special Counsel Mueller or pardon himself?
“I’m encouraging Virginians to send me feedback on what they’re looking for in a Supreme Court justice, and I won’t make a final decision until I have met one-on-one with Judge Kavanaugh and observed his performance in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. It could have catastrophic consequences if Leader McConnell rushes to confirm a nominee. There should not be a vote until the American public has a chance to speak in November.”
Virginia GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Corey Stewart (R-Va.)
Tonight, President Trump took another bold step toward restoring constitutional govt by selecting Brett Kavanaugh for #SCOTUS.— Corey Stewart (@CoreyStewartVA) July 10, 2018
I urge @timkaine to put politics aside & do what's right for America & support the President's excellent choice to replace Anthony Kennedy on the bench.