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The Road to the Supreme Court, Part II

Yesterday, we reviewed the constitutional process for Senate confirmation of a federal judicial nominee such as Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Today, we’ll discuss all you can do to help see him confirmed and seated on the U.S. Supreme Court by the first day of the 2018 term, which will be October 1st.

Brett Kavanaugh is the second nomination to the Supreme Court that President Trump has been privileged to make. Interestingly, the career paths of Judge Kavanaugh and President Trump’s first nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, were very similar. Both attended the same Catholic prep school in the Washington, DC area, and, both clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy after attending Ivy League colleges and law schools. Both served in the George W. Bush presidential administration and were nominated by President Bush to federal appeals court clerkships – Gorsuch to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Kavanaugh to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Both are committed constitutional “originalists,” and admirers of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative champion. The grassroots activism for the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch was nothing less than phenomenal. Members of the Senate heard from hundreds of thousands of supporters of the nominee through phone calls, postcards and emails, and he was confirmed to replace Justice Scalia by a vote of 54-45.

So we know that there is a lot the American public can do to encourage the members of the Senate to confirm Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination – in fact, under our constitutional system, the process belongs to the American people, since Supreme Court Justices may only be confirmed by a majority vote of the people’s representatives in the Senate. Although the vote may be close (as discussed in this column yesterday), many of the senators who are likely on the fence are subject to political forces and may be swayed to do the right thing on this nomination. American United for Life is providing several powerful resources to help you push Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination over the finish line.

First, learn about Judge Kavanaugh’s extraordinary qualifications for the Supreme Court through Americans United for Life’s website devoted to his biography and resources related to his stellar record as a federal judge.

Second, listen to Americans United for Life’s July 10, 2018 webinar on the Kavanaugh nomination, “Next Steps for a Court that Respects Life,” featuring AUL CEO Catherine Glenn Foster and Senior Counsel Clarke D. Forsythe, as well as respected Supreme Court advocate Gene Schaerr, Esq.

Third, stay informed by continuing to read Americans United for Life’s Kavanaugh Column! Every weekday until Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, we will be analyzing and highlighting aspects of his judicial philosophy, his legal opinions, and his other writings and statements. Then, later this summer, join us for coverage of his Senate confirmation hearing!

Fourth, sign AUL’s Petition asking your senators to ensure that Judge Kavanaugh is given a speedy and impartial hearing that demonstrates the respect owed him for his stellar twelve-year career on the federal appeals court bench.

Fifth, and most importantly, contact your Senators (each state has two) and tell them to Vote Yes! to confirm. AUL’s website links to ways you can reach them via phone or email.

The road to the Supreme Court is never easy, but for an eminently qualified candidate such as Brett Kavanaugh, it must lead to victory! You can help JudgeKavanaugh cross the finish line and take his seat on the Nation’s highest court – please act now!