Statement on the SCOTUS Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

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From: Equal Pay Today!, a Project of the Tides Center

Contact: press@equalpaytoday.org, 202-588-7616, www.equalpaytoday.org

Washington, DC -- Equal Pay Today! – a non-partisan collaboration of organizations working to close the gender wage gap – stands with other women's and workers' rights advocates in expressing disappointment in President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  Joi Chaney, Equal Pay Today's Executive Director/Campaign Director released the following statement: 

"President Trump's appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy's vacancy on the Supreme Court was disappointing but unsurprising. The President has long shown little regard for the rights of women, promising to appoint jurists who would be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade and turn American law back generations. But reproductive rights aren't the only rights at risk."

"If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh would usher in an era of dangerous rollbacks on access to safe reproductive care, environmental protections, consumer protections, immigrant rights, the separation of church and state, labor rights and equal employment protections -- protections that benefit everyone, regardless of party affiliation. In totality, Judge Kavanaugh's record seems to favor the interests of the powerful over the rights of the individual, which is at odds with the promise of America."

"Worse, he and other Trump judicial nominees are the hand-selected, byproduct of a decades long campaign by corporate interests, social conservatives, and White supremacists, united in their effort to shape the law in their favor and pack the judiciary with judges who will uphold those laws."

"In recent years, because Justice Kennedy served as a swing vote, these special interests could only count on success part of the time. If confirmed to a lifetime appointment on our nation's highest court, Mr. Kavanaugh would deliver the reliable fifth vote they have been working toward. It will be a great victory for them but a great loss for the nation, beginning with women, minorities, and working and middle class Americans."

"So, if not clear before, it should be clear now: The stakes of this nomination could not be higher and so our efforts to educate the American people about the record of this nominee and ensure a rigorous and thorough vetting process in the Senate could not be more important."

"All Senators must ask themselves: Is Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the best interests of the nation?" 

Equal Pay Today is one of many voicing concerns with Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, including several of our member organizations and partners:*

American Civil Liberties Union

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

National Women's Law Center

National Partnership for Women and Families