Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh woos Senate

Brett Kavanaugh who is the Supreme Court nominee of the US president, Donald Trump paid a visit to top Senate Republicans of the United States on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. This is in an effort to build some support among the lawmakers which promises to be one of the most contentious confirmation battles with Democrats. Chuck Schumer who is one of the top Senate Democrats vowed an all-out battle against Brett Kavanaugh, but at the same time, the senators in his party cannot block the confirmation given by Kavanaugh if no Republicans break ranks. The Republicans fellow of Donald Trump hold a 51 - 49 Senate majority, allowing them with almost no or very little margin for error.

The advocacy groups for and against Brett Kavanaugh planned to spend more than millions of dollars for the purpose of advertising in an attempt to make lawmakers sway. Just the morning after which Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by Donald Trump for a lifetime seat in the conservative - majority court consisting of nine members, Kavanaugh started to make the rounds in the Senate. He started off with visiting Republican leader Mitch McConnell first and then the Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will be holding the confirmation hearings. Mike Pence who is the Vice President actually holds a tie - breaking vote in the Senate and accompanied Kavanaugh to the meeting with McConnell as well. McConnell stated while ignoring a question regarding the fact whether the Democrats would be supporting the nomination or not stated that they are looking forward to the process of confirmation which will be unfolded in the next few weeks.

Brett Kavanaugh who is a conservative appeal court judge, did not respond to any questions. On the other hand, McConnell mentioned to the reporters later in the day that he hoped for a confirmation vote sometime this fall whereas other Republicans said that they hoped to confirm Kavanaugh before the court reconvenes in the month of October. The Republicans in turn want a speedy process to make sure that the vote is held well before the November 6th midterm elections in which all of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for the race with Democrats trying to take control of Congress.

December 16, 2018 - 17:55
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