Murray, Peters, Baldwin

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Murray: (9:28 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "And I believe it is simply wrong to rush to a finish on this confirmation based on that alone Madam President, I also believe that what we saw of Judge Kavanaugh's temperament in the hearing last week, his bitter partisanship, his rage, his disrespect was absolutely disqualifying as well and will undermine the Supreme Court and erode trust in the decisions that they make. I believe the lack of credibility and honesty he demonstrated in his hearings which I and my colleagues have spoken about here at great length is absolutely disqualifying as well. And this isn't just me saying this. We are hearing an unprecedented outcry on this particular point from lawyers and judges and former clerks and the religious community and even Supreme Court Justice Stevens."

 

Senator Peters: (9:40 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "I hope they are right, but I seriously doubt it. I think that if confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh will spearhead the continued erosion of rights for American women and if given the chance, will vote to overturn this settled precedent. Lots of talk in Washington about the Supreme Court centers on precedent or power or procedure. But, Madam President, I would argue voting for a Supreme Court nominee is fundamentally about people. In making a decision on how I will vote on a Supreme Court nominee, I ask two questions. First, how will the nominee serve the people of Michigan and, second, how will the nominee serve the nation as a whole."

 

Senator Baldwin: (10:00 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "At a time when so many in Washington are working to overturn the law of the land that helps provide affordable health care to 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, including more than two million Wisconsinites, we cannot afford a nominee who would serve as the deciding vote to take us back to the days when powerful insurance companies wrote the rules. The president vowed to appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn the law of the land Roe v. Wade. And I take him at his word. Judge Kavanaugh is his choice for a lifetime appointment that would turn back the clock on a woman's constitutional right and freedom to make her own health care choices."