What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

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The judges on the list are reportedly Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, report the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations.

"As my friend Lindsey Graham said yesterday, he said it's as if we have four winning lottery tickets, each could be a great Supreme Court justice in their own right".

Kavanaugh has been viewed somewhat skeptically by some conservatives, who have scrutinized his ties to the Bushes and his long career inside the Beltway, the proverbial "swamp".

Judge Kavanaugh said he would begin meetings with senators on Tuesday. "At the same time, picking Brett Kavanaugh will impress even Trump's harshest critics inside the party".

If Democrats maintain total unity, a single GOP defection could be enough to sink Kavanaugh's nomination. "I think people thought about it when they went to the ballot box". "Rightward conservative but all the experience and education of an elites elite".

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

"FreedomWorks calls upon Majority Leader McConnell to act swiftly and ensure Kavanaugh is confirmed on the Senate floor". "This nominee deserves a swift confirmation. and bipartisan support". He noted that the most lasting impact of Kavanaugh's appointment may be how it reshuffles the calculus of the court, saying that confirming him will make it "more likely Chief Justice John Roberts will be the swing vote". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Susan Collins, who declined the invitation.

Kyl's registered lobbying clients this year have included Qualcomm Inc., JW Aluminum, mining company Freeport-McMoRan, the Coalition for American Retirement and the private equity investor Gordon Sondland, who is co-founder of Aspen Capital, according to congressional lobbying disclosures. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., two vocal Trump critics who are not seeking re-election.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.

"No president has ever consulted so widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination", he said.

A First Liberty Institute representative confirmed to RNS that the 2000 case was Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, where the court ruled that a policy allowing student-led, student-initiated prayer at high school football games violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Red-state Democrats aren't just feeling heat from the right. That's what happened with Gorsuch: Sens. Now, with the midterms less than four months away, Democrats running in states that Trump carried in 2016 will face even more pressure to approve his Supreme Court nominee, assuming a vote takes place before the fall election.

Kavanaugh then served as Bush's counsel in the White House before Bush nominated him for the D.C. Circuit in July 2003.

Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society, about the Supreme Court.

Three rumored presidential contenders, Sens.

During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs. Sen.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans very publicly attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act past year, and they succeeded in repealing the individual mandate. "The ability to have your voice matter in a democracy, especially compared to the growing power of corporations", he added. Fourteen years later, Ronald Reagan picked the first female justice, Sandra Day O'Connor. In fact, the only member of "the Supremes" who isn't Catholic or Jewish is Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is Episcopalian.

"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced". Trump chose a white man. Trump cut off payments to insurers that stabilized the Obamacare markets, and he took various other steps to sabotage the exchanges and reduce participation.

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