By contrast, Senate Republicans were in the majority in 2016, when McConnell and his GOP colleagues blocked President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, for more than nine months, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
A ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats is expected as the president seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right. He was in the running a year ago for the Supreme Court seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee.
"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced". "I look forward to meeting soon with Judge Kavanaugh", said Senator Gardner. The Senate ultimately confirmed Gorsuch by a 54-45 vote, with only three Democrats crossing the partisan divide in his favor.
Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin - all up for re-election in November - were the only three Democratic senators who voted past year in favor of confirming Trump's first high-court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who was approved in a 54-45 vote. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - otherwise known as Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle - were also present at the ceremony. Kensington Palace has revealed the identities of Prince Louis' godparents, ahead of the infant's royal christening .
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said in a statement, "I join millions of Americans in congratulating Judge Kavanaugh for his nomination, a well-respected jurist widely regarded for his/her intellect, temperament, as well as for his/her dedication to the Constitution". As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls.
Kavanaugh worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right.
Last week, Trump said that his greatest responsibility is to select a Justice who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written.
Liberal Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders said in a tweet that if Kavanaugh is confirmed "it will have a profoundly negative effect on workers' rights, women's rights and voting rights for decades to come".
Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.
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Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.
He called the system Trump is using to pick the nominee - mining from a pre-chosen pool of 25 conservative candidates - "corrupt".
"The far right has total control of the Congress, they have total control of the administration, now they want total control of the judiciary, and I'm just not going to allow that to happen and I'm going to keep fighting against it", he said.
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