Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Senator Heinrich spoke in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh in a speech delivered on the Senate Floor on Thursday.
“By making nominations to the highest court--perhaps the most consequential votes we take as senators--subject to only a simple-majority vote, Republicans rigged the system to made it possible for the most extreme nominees to make it to the bench. The United States Senate was intended by the Founders to be the methodical answer to the fiery passions of the day, not an amplifier of them. And I fear this broken system will create potentially disastrous consequences for the health of our democracy.
“I voted against confirming Judge Kavanaugh based not only on the substance of his views and the broken process being used to rush his nomination through the Senate on a partisan basis, but also because I have serious doubts about his credibility and truthfulness.”