"In key cases, Judge Kavanaugh has favored unduly limiting federal regulatory powers that are central to keeping Americans safe, and has argued for restricting the rights of people to access our court system", Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen said Monday in a statement in response to Kavanaugh's nomination.
The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush.
The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy".
The appellate court judge's first, well-photographed stop: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.
Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013.
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Corker says Kavanaugh served "honorably" on the D.C. Circuit Court and "understands the importance of upholding the Constitution".
Another Democrat representing a conservative state, Doug Jones (Ala.), was not in the Senate to vote on Gorsuch.
He says: "I'm pretty sure who it's going to be, so I don't want to give something up".
Based on Kavanaugh's long record of anti-environment rulings, some environmental groups immediately came out in opposition to his nomination.
In that case, Agri Processor claimed that undocumented workers were not covered by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 because a more recent law ― the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 ― said it was illegal to knowingly employ them.
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an terrible lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution. Several Democratic Senators addressed the crowd.
Other Republicans said there are limits.
They are set against a well-established network of conservative organizations doing the same to promote Kavanaugh's confirmation, led by the Judicial Crisis Network, which has pledged to spend $10 million on the coming battle. It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.
'We think that's a pretty good benchmark, ' he said. Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House.
On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody.