Sen. Murray vows to oppose Supreme Court pick

U.S. Senator Patty Murray vowed Monday to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a statement, Murray — Washington’s senior senator, Assistant Democratic Leader and top Democrat on the Senate health committee — said legal abortion rights are at stake.

“President Trump has been very clear about what he wants in a Supreme Court nominee — he has stated it openly, publicly and repeatedly,” Murray said.

“He has said that he wants a nominee who was fully committed to overturning Roe v. Wade, criminalizing abortions, and rolling back women’s ability to access contraception and other basic health care. On the campaign trail he promised that Roe v. Wade ‘can be changed’ and that he was going to be ‘putting pro-life justices on the court’ so that it would be overturned ‘automatically.’”

“He has said that he wants a nominee who would immediately declare health care reform unconstitutional and cut off access to care for people with pre-existing conditions,” Murray added. “On the campaign trail he criticized Chief Justice Roberts because he ‘should have, frankly, ended Obamacare, and he didn’t,’ and promised ‘a strong test’ for a ‘strong conservative’ who would be different than Roberts on health care.

Murray, who fought Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, said she would again oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“I voted against Judge Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Circuit Court, and based on his record as a judge and everything I know about him, he is exactly what President Trump is looking for and would swing the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation against women, workers, patients and families.

“So I will I oppose this nomination and I will strongly encourage my Senate colleagues to stand with me and with people across the country in rejecting him. And then I will urge President Trump to nominate someone who is clearly and strongly committed to not rolling back settled law when it comes to women’s health and patient protections — and to protecting the rights and freedoms that people across the country hold so dear.”

Murray also called on others to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court.

“This is not a time for anyone to sit back and watch while the Supreme Court and the future of our nation hangs in the balance. We just need a few Republicans in this Republican-majority Senate to stand up to President Trump and stand with Democrats and people across the country in rejecting this nominee.

“So I urge every American — in red states and blue states, big cities and small towns — to make their voice heard right now: call your Senator, show up at rallies, organize online and in person. Make it clear to Senate Republicans that you care about your rights and freedoms and that you need them to stand with you and oppose this nominee who would move our country so far in the wrong direction.”