US Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

Postado Outubro 12, 2018

Kavanaugh's confirmation process exploded in controversy after California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school.

The rapid confirmation of judges comes days after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination gripped Washington and brought the Senate to a standstill.

Until the rancorous debate over Kavanaugh - he denied accusations by three women of 1980s sexual misconduct - polls suggested that GOP supporters were far less motivated to vote than Democrats, who are ardently opposed to President Donald Trump.

As he walked on the Senate floor before the deal was announced, Democratic Sen.

He laughed loudly and said the answer was so obvious that even political reporters could determine on their own that it was true.

"It's not about me right now, it's about individual races", he said. The Senate now has 42 judicial nominees in the queue for floor votes, with nine more slated for Thursday consideration by the Judiciary panel. While Republican and Democratic voters overall are equally likely to say they are more enthusiastic to cast a vote this year than they usually are (about six in ten in each party), gender plays a distinctive role in enthusiasm between the parties.

"There is no reason Democrats should be making any deals with Mitch McConnell to make it easier to confirm more radical conservatives to the courts".

Less than a month from voting in which GOP control of Congress is dangling precariously, Republicans are linking comments and actions by Democratic politicians, raucous protesters opposing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination and even a gunman who shot targeted GOP lawmakers.

"Elections matter and I would like my colleagues to be able to go home", she said.

"The Democrats are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave", Trump said at a rally in Minnesota last week. (Republicans are especially likely to say they are benefiting from an improved economy: 42% say their family is better off financially than they were a year ago, almost double the percentage of independents who say this, and more than three times the percentage of Democrats.) Republicans also cite immigration.

"It's turned our base on fire", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "We have a lot of things where there is commonality".

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House on Monday.

He also acknowledged he'd like to get home.

"I think that people understand that there's a difference between the people talking on national news and the people they know in their neighborhood", he said.