Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Some Democrats said Kavanaugh, a more committed conservative, could disrupt precedents like Roe v. Wade, which said women have the constitutional right to abortions.

President Donald Trump named Brett Kavanaugh, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9. The panel will launch confirmation hearings later this summer.

As senators begin the process of vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, public disclosure forms show he's not almost as wealthy as numerous justices on the high court.

Hatch said on PBS that Kavanaugh should have an easier time than Justice Neil Gorsuch had previous year, "but I don't know".

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In a Suffolk University poll of Pennsylvania, taken in June, 73% of those who plan to vote for Casey in his upcoming election said that they want their vote to change the direction that Trump is leading the nation.

Democrats, as the Senate minority, have few options to block Kavanaugh.

Still, Democrats are pointing to that case as a red flag as Congress considers elevating Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the US illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate.

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"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., could be a swing voter.

Kavanaugh has not openly expressed a position on abortion, and tradition suggests he will not during his upcoming confirmation hearing or in meetings with lawmakers. It is customary for nominees to meet with senators, particularly the senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. There are five reasons the Kavanaugh confirmation battle will diverge from Justice Neil Gorsuch's path to the court. Even as the Late Show host bemoaned the announcement of Republican judge Brett Kavanaugh, Colbert is still a victor. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October, and before the midterm election.

The documents do not provide a complete record of Kavanaugh's finances. While Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, and Senate actions taken a year ago reduce the threshold for nomination approval to a simple majority, confirmation promises to be a stiff fight. John McCain of Arizona, nearly every vote matters.

"I will talk to my colleagues", Democratic Senator Kamala Harris told AFP, referring to Collins and Murkowski, as well as the three red-state Democrats, each of whom voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch previous year. That includes some vulnerable senators in states that voted for Trump in 2016, including Sens.

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