Fischer, Markey, Shaheen

Executive Session (Kavanaugh Nomination)

Senator Fischer: (10:32 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Moreover, I was impressed by his commitment to the rule of law. He understands the proper role of a judge as an interpreter, not the writer of the law. He also understands that unlike members of Congress or the executive branch who are accountable to the people, the judiciary must act independently and follow the law wherever it takes them. This was something we heard repeatedly from him in his lengthy confirmation hearing before the senate judiciary committee. Judge Kavanaugh demonstrated his strong commitment to judicial independence. During the hearing he repeatedly affirmed that, quote, what makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure."

 

Senator Markey: (10:57 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "Madam President, I rise to speak in opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. The vacancy that Judge Kavanaugh seeks to fill is not an ordinary one. The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy created one of the most consequential vacancies on the high court that this country has ever seen. There is a reason why scholars and pundits refer to the supreme court of the last 30 years as the Kennedy court. His influence on so many important cases cannot be overstated. Throughout his three decades on the supreme court, Justice Kennedy was often the swing vote in decisions decided 5-4 on a divided bench."

 

Senator Shaheen: (11:26 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "As the highest court in the land, the justices on the Supreme Court are tasked with the enormous responsibility of interpreting and protecting the fundamental constitutional rights that are guaranteed to all Americans. Its decisions are not abstract legal principles that are reserved for a few. Its decisions affect the rights of all of us. They touch on issues that affect all of our daily lives from the health care we receive to the person we can marry to the air that we breathe. These are significant stakes that we face when considering any nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. Now, weeks ago I announced my opposition to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination based on concerns that I had with his record. And even though, as Senator Markey pointed out so eloquently, we haven't gotten to see a lot of that record."