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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott: Senate Must Not Confirm Kavanaugh

October 5, 2018
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in advance of the Senate vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record gives every indication that his addition to the Supreme Court will establish a reliable majority that will undermine core constitutional rights now enjoyed by all Americans. He will support businesses over workers by sabotaging their right to organize through voting to expand the recent Janus decision to the private sector thus federalizing right-to-work laws. He will support big corporations over the rights of consumers by voting to limit protections against unfair arbitration clauses and to restrict the ability of plaintiffs to file class actions. A Justice Kavanaugh will vote to upend the Court’s decades of precedents on disparate impact making it harder or even impossible to address ongoing segregation in our public schools and ending racial disparities in our criminal justice system.  He will also likely be the deciding vote to adopt the alternative legal theory that promoting racial diversity is not a compelling state interest.  This will have serious ramifications for affirmative action policies in college admissions and government contracts.  It will also open the door to a serious constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act.

“Aside from significant concerns about his judicial record, Judge Kavanaugh’s appearance last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee demonstrated that he lacks both the judicial temperament and impartiality required of judges who sit on any court of law, especially the United States Supreme Court. There are also serious questions about whether Judge Kavanaugh has been honest in answering questions on multiple topics throughout his confirmation process. Finally, there are real concerns about how the White House did not allow the FBI to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims or other credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh. For all of these reasons, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reject this nomination.”

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