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Sen. Schatz Comments on Supreme Court Nominee

February 1, 2017, 7:44 AM HST
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By United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit – Boston Herald (direct link), Public Domain, Neil Gorsuch. Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=55678213

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“Supreme Court nominees should be held to the highest standards, because the court has the final word on rights that are fundamental to the lives of Americans: our right to privacy, reproductive rights, the right to vote and equal justice under the law.

“I am disappointed the president has nominated someone who does not appear committed to ensuring these rights and who is outside of the legal mainstream. Judge Gorsuch was picked from a list provided to President Trump when he was a candidate. This list was curated by the Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing a radical agenda of the diminishment of individual and civil rights.

“Judge Gorsuch has consistently ruled in favor of corporations over individuals, has undermined women’s rights, and has failed to protect workers from discrimination. I will continue to study his record, and I will pay close attention to his hearing. But this was a missed opportunity to select a mainstream judge who could have garnered bipartisan support.”

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