July 13, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh

As President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh is well on his way to be confirmed in the Senate.  The President’s announcement came Monday evening where he touted Kavanaugh’s “impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.” However, liberals are working around the clock to discredit his competence. Here are the facts about his credentials, experience, and record.

Brett Kavanaugh is a 53-year-old native of Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He has a wealth of experience including clerking for Justice Anthony Kennedy, working for former President George W. Bush, and teaching at Harvard and Yale Law Schools. His wife of 14 years and two daughters accompanied him to the President’s announcement. We were able to see a sneak peek of the sweet relationship he has with his family when he cracked a joke about his daughter’s love of talking and then high-fiving her. In his spare time, he is a volunteer coach on a girls’ basketball team and regularly attends Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.

We are fortunate to have Kavanaugh’s record for the past 12 years he has been on the bench. His rule of thumb has been that “constitutional text and the original understanding” are “essential to proper interpretation of our enduring Constitution.” He has defended religious liberty, freedom of speech, and gun rights just to name a few. Many pro-life organizations have stood behind him due to his strong record on life.  He is truly a Constitutionalist who has dedicated his career to interpret the law as the Framers intended.

There is just one issue that may be problematic in the future. In 2011, Kavanaugh’s dissent to Seven Sky v. Holder gave the Supreme Court a pathway to upholding Obamacare. The good news is that the individual mandate has already been repealed. In attempts to repeal other parts of Obamacare, we may need to wait to see what his opinion will be.

Several Democrats have already issued their statements of opposition to Kavanaugh, mostly on the issue of abortion rights. Although it is unlikely that Roe v. Wade will be overturned right away, he may have a chance to rule on cases that scale back the rights to abortion, such as the 20-week abortion ban.

Senate Leadership is planning to confirm Kavanaugh in time to place him on the bench by October 1st. With the Senate working through August recess, this is certainly achievable. Eagle Forum urges the Senate to move swiftly and unitedly.