Policy Updates

Special SCOTUS Edition On the Hill Updates: September 7, 2018

Kavanaugh dodges important questions from Senate Judiciary Committee

Today is the last day of Judge Kavanaugh’s four day confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. During two full days of questioning, Judge Kavanaugh has dodged question after question and refused to give the clear answers that Americans deserve. Today, we heard testimony from a number of witnesses who know that a Justice Kavanaugh would put a number of critical issues on the judicial chopping block, including: vital health care protections, women’s Constitutional rights, and whether a president is treated as above the law.

Kavanaugh’s committee vote will likely be scheduled for September 13; however, committee rules allow democrats to delay the vote for one week, so it will take place on September 20. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that he plans to hold a full senate vote before the end of October.

Released emails raise questions

This week, Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) released emails from Kavanaugh’s White House record that had been deemed “committee confidential.” Among other things, these emails show that Kavanaugh sent this “interesting piece” fromChristianity Today to his colleagues in 2003. They also show that — despite what he has said over the last weeks and days — he questions whether Roe v. Wadeis settled law. He also suggested racial profiling may be appropriate among other chilling views. As if that weren’t enough, there is significant evidence that Kavanaugh has perjured himself in front of Congress.

NCJW at the forefront

NCJW is at the forefront of advocacy in DC and around the country! We proudly cosponsored a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday September 5 featuring our own Jody Rabhan. We spearheaded two sign-on letters from faith-based organizations to the Senate. The first letter, signed by 37 national organizations, highlights concerns regarding Judge Kavanaugh’s religious liberty record. The second, signed by 34 organizations, highlights faith-based concerns about reproductive health, rights, and justice. We’ve also been at daily vigils and rallies to send a clear message: we must #StopKavanaugh!

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