Kavanaugh Won’t Say If He'll Uphold Obamacare Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

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Democrats raised objections from the moment Iowa Sen.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee, could at some point be called upon to rule on a challenge related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", Kavanaugh said. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

But Kavanaugh told senators during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he could not comment on that case because it is still pending.

Senator Feinstein asked Kavanaugh why he dissented with his colleagues on the D.C. federal appeals court over a ruling where they upheld a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

Senate majority whip John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said the Democrats' behavior would lead them to be "held in contempt of court", prompting a chorus of quiet boos and "Oh come on" that echoed throughout the hearing room.

Democrats started to question Kavanaugh on abortion and gun rights, among other issues.

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday she thinks the Kavanaugh hearing should be delayed until more documents are made available for review.

"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases.

He said he understood the importance of the precedent in the landmark 1973 case, Roe v Wade, which legalised abortion nationwide, pointing out it had been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court several times. Additionally, the right to use contraception, whether you are married or single, is also protected as a constitutional right dating back to the decision of Eisenstadt v. Baird in 1972. He highlighted the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling that reaffirmed Roe, calling it a "precedent on precedent". Specifically, the court in its decision said the agency had the authority to reclassify internet services as a so-called Title II service under the Communications Act. Democrats said they were just seeking respect and accused Republicans of trying to push Kavanaugh through without a proper review.

"Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended", Guttenberg wrote on Twitter. Kavanaugh had clerked for Kozinski in the early 1990s and considered the judge a friend and mentor.

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Mexico swiftly retaliated with import tariffs on some American goods, including steel, apples and pork. He added that NAFTA was one of the worst trade deals ever made and should never have been signed.

"They are widely possessed in the United States, senator, and they are used and possessed", Kavanaugh responded. "All I can say is that was my view in 1998", Kavanaugh said. "With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans 'the privacies of life.'" To protect this privacy, the Court concluded that its "answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple - get a warrant".

The Context: Kavanaugh's confirmation would tip the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation, and will have wide-ranging ramifications for women's reproductive rights, civil rights, workers' rights, human rights in general, healthcare (pre-existing conditions), as well as the rule of law.

President Clinton was subpoenaed by independent counsel Kenneth Starr in 1998, and eventually agreed to testify voluntarily and the subpoena was withdrawn. Instead, he said he opposes unlawful regulation. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, addressed Kavanaugh about abortion.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary. "We're disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings every few minutes, with hundreds of women prepared to get arrested to prevent these hearings from moving forward", the Women's March account tweeted. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who moved to adjourn.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.

Republicans, meanwhile, remain confident.

During one of the protests, Sen.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

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