Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declared Monday night that he will oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat and that “now is time to fight” the nominee.
“The Senate has come together on a bipartisan basis to protect women’s reproductive rights and to protect health care for millions of Americans before — including those with pre-existing conditions. We need to do it again,” Schumer said in a statement.
“I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.”
“If Americans believe in a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, and that health insurance companies shouldn’t be able to charge people more based on pre-existing conditions, now is the time to fight,” Schumer said. “I’m calling on Americans from all walks of life to make their voices heard from now until the end of this battle.”
The New York Democrat added that his hope is for a “more independent, moderate selection” for Kennedy’s seat that could earn bipartisan support.