Mike Pence 'very encouraged' by reaction on Capitol Hill to Kavanaugh's nomination

Thursday, 12 Jul, 2018

In addition, Kavanaugh's handed down a concurring opinion in the 2015 case Priests for Life v. HHS, in which the Appeals Court for District of Columbia circuit upheld accommodations for faith-based nonprofits to be exempt from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers include contraception in the insurance plans they offer to employees.

On Tuesday's "PBS NewsHour", Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) stated, "I don't think anybody is going to overturn Roe v. Wade". "New Yorkers deserve better", the actress says in the video.

Hatch, the most senior Republican in the Senate who has participated in 15 confirmation battles, reiterated his argument that Democrats will try to paint Kavanaugh as someone he's not but that, in the end, he'll get a seat on the high court.

He also criticised New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for "failing to advance legislation that would protect women's rights on the state level by empowering the right-leaning Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)". Kavanaugh's position on Roe v. Wade is not as easily defined as it is for others who were on Trump's SCOTUS short list. "Congressional Democrats are not pointing out the fact that even if Roe vs. Wade was overturned, it would not automatically ban abortions across the country, although that's the way they're framing it". Republicans hold a 51-vote majority, and Sen. "But that is something that I'm going to be looking at", she said.

"One of the reasons they opposed it, they said, 'Well, we have Roe v. Wade in law".

New York's junior senator called on the American public to lobby their senators, which she said could help to torpedo his nomination despite Republicans controlling the Senate.

"He's so frightened of Cynthia Nixon that he's drinking the political Kool-Aid served by radicals and socialists who now control the Democratic Party", said Giove. Rand Paul, a fierce opponent of government surveillance that some critics say Kavanaugh would vote to legitimize, vowed to keep an "open mind" on his nomination.

Supporters of women's rights protest outside the US Supreme Court as the court issues a ruling on a California law related to abortion issues on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The vice president also briefly discussed foreign affairs ahead of this week's key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where President Trump is expected to demand USA allies contribute more funding for their own national defense.