Tenney hails Trump choice; senators express opposition

Published Jul 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court has drawn contrasting reactions from the area’s Congressional members.

The nomination was supported U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, who said Kavanaugh’s “outstanding and diverse record on the compelling constitutional issues of the day proves that he is an intellectual leader on the bench and will be a superb member of our nation’s highest court.”

Tenney added that Kavanaugh’s “strong commitment to constitutional originalism will enable the Supreme Court to restore its role in American government, ensuring the court decisions are not greater or more consequential than the other two branches of our Constitutional Republic. I urge my Senate colleagues to swiftly confirm him.”

However, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both D-NY, expressed opposition. Schumer said he is “going to fight this nomination with everything I’ve got,” according to reports including nbcnews.com online. The report said Schumer indicated that confirming Kavanaugh could lead to reversing decades of settled law, arguing that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Gillibrand said “if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers’ rights, civil rights, and women’s rights for decades to come. I do not think he is the right choice for our country....”

“I am going to vote against him and urge my colleagues to do the same,” Gillibrand added.