USE IT OR LOSE IT: DE LEÓN CALLS ON SEN. FEINSTEIN TO USE SENIORITY TO CONFIRM “NO” VOTES ON SCOTUS PICK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland // press@kevindeleon.com

LOS ANGELES, CA - In May of 2006, Brett Kavanaugh was up for confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  On May 26th of that year, Senator Feinstein and eleven other Democrats surrendered to the Republican majority, voting “Yea” on cloture for Mr. Kavanaugh, opening the door to his confirmation by a full vote before the U.S. Senate.

Prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006, the American Bar Association had downgraded his rating from “well qualified” to just “qualified.”  Senate Democrats who voted against allowing a full vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer, said he was too partisan and lacked commensurate experience.  

Today, in the wake of recent reports that Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein plans to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh after the Senate’s summer recess, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León released the following statement:

“Senate Democratic leadership is wasting its time demanding documents from Chuck Grassley instead of ‘No’ votes from its own caucus. It’s time for Senator Feinstein and Senator Schumer to stop playing polite, country-club politics with a Supreme Court nominee who represents one of the greatest threats to a woman’s right to choose in our lifetime.  

“California’s senior Senator made the grave mistake of opening the door for Kavanaugh’s confirmation once before. Given the mathematical challenge before us, and all that is at stake, we do not have the luxury of waging this fight from the sidelines. That’s why I’m calling on Senator Feinstein to leverage the power of her seniority to make sure Senate Democrats are committed to unanimously rejecting the President’s nominee.”

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