Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Re Susan Collins' comment on Supreme Court appointment

Re Susan Collins' comment on Supreme Court appointment

Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn Roe v. Wade. "It has been established as a constitutional right for 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago".

"Again, as this is ongoing, I'm not going to weigh into anything specific at this point", Sanders said. "So a nominee's position on whether or not they respect precedent will tell me a lot about whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade".

Gorsuch replaced a staunch conservative on the high court, the late Antonin Scalia, so he did not significantly alter the direction of the court.

Trump said he plans to interview six or seven people from his candidate list and will make an announcement of his pick on July 9. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a campaign-season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting "pressure on the Senate", which confirms judicial nominees.

Collins noted that she was in favor of moving forward with a nominee in the next couple months, so a new justice could be in place by the time the Supreme Court's next term begins in October. Collins said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives.

Sen. Bill Nelson shed his hyper-cautious reputation Monday, declaring that he expects to vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Kennedy often sided with more liberal justices on issues like abortion and gay rights.

"I'm pro-life but I know how that divides our country immediately and divides everyone, they're split right down the middle on that", Manchin told a West Virginia radio station. "I had a very, very interesting morning".

Sanders also announced that her deputy Raj Shah will take leave from his role to "oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies" surrounding the Supreme Court nomination.

"So I'm actually quite happy about it", he said. "I care deeply about who serves on the court".

Assuming Trump nominates the kind of justice he has said he intends to nominate, Nelson said he is optimistic the Senate can block it even though Democrats lack enough votes. But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss".

"I want a judge that will apply the law to the facts of the case with fidelity to the Constitution", she said "Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well-established, and no less an authority than Justice Roberts said that repeatedly at his confirmation hearing".

Like this: