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Jayapal Statement on Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

SEATTLE – House Judiciary Committee Member Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:

“To no one’s surprise, Donald Trump nominated a conservative justice who will endanger Roe v. Wade, threaten to gut the Affordable Care Act and infringe on our voting rights. Since his campaign, Trump’s motives have been clear: he’s taking swipes at vulnerable communities and hardworking families with every chance he gets.

“Brett Kavanaugh comes from a roster of extremists approved by right-wing organizations that are committed to pushing a regressive agenda. This appointment is the most momentous in a generation and it will affect historic decisions made for the next half century – we can’t let that time be defined by partisan rulings that hurt our communities and strip away our rights.

“When it comes to protecting workers, women, people of color, immigrants and anyone who is worried about their constitutional rights being taken away, the Supreme Court is our last line of defense. The American people deserve a nominee who can prove that they will judge cases with an open mind, without a political agenda and ultimately with fairness. I’m incredibly concerned that Kavanaugh does not meet even this basic qualification, and I don’t believe he is able to defend justice for all people. I wholly oppose this nomination and I encourage my colleagues to do the same.”