Langevin Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice

Jul 9, 2018 Issues: LGBT Rights

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Kennedy:

“Throughout his tenure, Justice Kennedy provided a pivotal vote on several important cases, and some of his most memorable decisions empowered the disadvantaged. From privacy rights to affirmative action to marriage equality, he believed in the rights of people to live and love unburdened by the weight of historical oppression. Although I did not agree with all of Justice Kennedy’s opinions, we must consider the significant role he played on the Court and his impact on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.

“Today, President Trump has nominated Judge Kavanaugh to the Court, and while I respect the confirmation process that lies ahead, I am gravely concerned we will miss Justice Kennedy’s independent voice. This is particularly true at a time when the Supreme Court is routinely making decisions that fundamentally affect every aspect of our lives on a very personal level.

“With this nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump has the power to influence the interpretation of the law for decades to come. Ironically, Senator McConnell is pushing for a speedy confirmation despite his purely partisan move to hold up Judge Merrick Garland’s confirmation for an unprecedented ten months claiming it wasn’t appropriate during an election year. While I do not have a role in the confirmation process, it is critical that my colleagues in the Senate subject Judge Kavanaugh to a careful vetting process and fully consider the impact of his future decisions on the lives of the American people.”