Issues ranging from abortion to the administrative state could be strongly influenced by the president's appointment, who will fill the seat vacated by the court's longtime swing vote, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
"Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country face an agonizing choice over President Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats - and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019", the Times reported.
Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.
The new round of ads will run nationally and will also target four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia - all of which were won by Trump in double-digit victories in 2016. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate. I take my responsibility of "advice and consent" very seriously and look forward to the Judiciary Committee's thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's record. She rocketed to the top of Trump's earlier list of 25 Supreme Court candidates after her performance during her confirmation hearing last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem.
"They know that they will not get a justice nominated if the American people know this is what they want to do", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a call with reporters last week. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.
Shah has paused his other White House duties to lead the yet-unnamed nominee through his or her confirmation. Republicans took the Senate in the 2014 elections and refused to consider President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
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But should they ultimately do so, the prime minister also looked to have enough support to survive. One lawmaker told the prime minister that her plan wasn't what the country had voted for.
Democrats may have a tough time putting up a procedural fight in the Senate, though, after Republicans in 2017 triggered the so-called "nuclear option" that allowed them to end Democratic filibustering of then-nominee Gorsuch by a simple majority vote, as opposed to the 60 votes previously required.
Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal judge last fall - excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience. Former President George W. Bush nominated him to the appeals court in 2003.
Kavanaugh, 53, began his career as a clerk to Kennedy.
It also plans to run ads next week in Manchin's, Donnelly's and Heitkamp's home states with a softer tone, asking them to continue protecting people with pre-existing health conditions by opposing a nominee who'd threaten that. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public. Jon Kyl of Arizona would guide the nominee through the Senate confirmation process. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The official said the White House reached out to every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold confirmation hearings, and that only Democrat Kamala Harris "refused to engage".
Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.
All four federal judges have the endorsement of major Republican legal groups, most importantly the powerful Federalist Society. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep the Democrats united.