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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

October 6, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) released the following statement in response to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“The past several months of the confirmation process have shown one thing with jarring clarity: Brett Kavanaugh lacks the temperament and character to be a member of the United States Supreme Court. Today’s vote to confirm him will do lasting damage to the integrity of the Court, as well as the American people’s trust in its institutions to do the right thing. Kavanaugh's confirmation has reinforced what we already knew: Republicans want a Supreme Court willing to fight for corporations’ rights as a ‘person,’ but not for the rights of workers to collectively bargain and earn a living wage. They want a court that will fight to uphold Citizens United and allow unlimited money in our political system, but not for a loving same-sex couple to join together in marriage. And, most importantly, they want a court that will toss aside established precedent and take away a women’s right to her own healthcare and reproductive decisions. These things are of such high priority to them, that they’re willing to ram through a person who has been credibly accused of multiple instances of sexual assault, simply because he’ll vote their way on the bench. Like so many millions of Americans, I was moved by Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony. I believe her. I am ashamed at the Republican’s treatment of Dr. Ford, and the rushed, incomplete investigation that came out of it. It was never about the truth. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is truly a low point for our great nation,” said Congressman Ryan.