Ernest GrassleyKavanaugh explains "abortion-inducing drugs" remark amid backlash Chuck Grassley is the point man in our judiciary remake Durbin accuses Kavanaugh of misleading senators in 2006 hearing MORE (R-Iowa) said at the start of a committee business meeting on Thursday that Kavanaugh's nomination would be held over.
It's unclear how much the accusations that Kavanaugh misled Congress will stick with the handful of senators in the middle who are being heavily lobbied by both opponents and supporters of Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Democratic senators and others working to defeat Kavanaugh's confirmation believe he significantly misled the Judiciary Committee more than a decade ago on his involvement in controversial Bush-era programs and judicial confirmations.
"Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination". After all, Collins has backed abortion rights and was one of three GOP senators (alongside Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and the late John McCain) to vote against Trump's "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act in 2017. Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party-for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act past year.
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Barkan, in a statement, said Collins was "smearing a grassroots effort from regular people (who are) pleading with someone in a position of power to do the right thing".
Progressive groups have been ramping up the pressure on Collins to vote "no" as they argue that Kavanaugh will likely be the deciding vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case guaranteeing abortion rights, or will vote on other cases that would restrict women's right to choose. And in recent polls, Manchin has been leading Republican nominee Patrick Morrissey. Jordain Carney reports at The Hill that "Senate Democrats will move forward this week with suing to get access to documents tied to ..." Although Obama won IN in 2008, the state is heavily Republican.
For what it's worth, one Democratic challenger and one Republican challenger have announced intentions to run against Collins in 2020. And Kavanaugh's opponents are fearful that Donnelly will vote for Kavanaugh if he fears that a vote against Kavanaugh could endanger his lead.
For The Washington Post, Eli Rosenberg detects signs that an "unusual crowdfunding campaign" by "a group of liberal activists in Maine" soliciting pledges to be contributed in 2020 to a Democrat challenging Sen. The centrist Heitkamp won by only 1% in 2012, and in 2018, she is in a very close race with Republican nominee Kevin Cramer-who is painting himself as reliably pro-Trump in the campaign. "We will continue to participate in our democracy", she said. At Roll Call, Todd Ruger reports that "Senate Democrats have added a new line of attack against ..."