WASHINGTON - Both of Michigan's senators, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) announced on Friday that they oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
President Trump announced that Kavanaugh was the nominee on Monday, July 9.
Peters and Stabenow both cited several factors that led to this decision, including: Kavanaugh's judicial opinions on the Affordable Care Act, his ruling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and his rulings against clean air protections.
"Given Judge Kavanaugh’s clear record of placing corporate interests before the rights of Michiganders, I will oppose his nomination," said Peters official statement of opposition.
And Stabenow's statement was similar: "After reviewing his record, I believe it is in the best interests of the people of Michigan for me to oppose the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.”
Kavanaugh is the nominee who was presented to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy who retired in June. Following the nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nominee. They usually take month to collect information to be prepared for the hearings.
There is no date set yet for when the hearings will be held.
Following the hearings, the Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination and send the recommendation to the full Senate who will debate it.
The Senate needs 51 votes to confirm a Supreme Court nomination. If there is a tie, Vice President Pence will cast the deciding vote, which he has done nine times.
Most of the senators are expected to vote along party lines, but there are a several senators that could swing the vote in either direction, this includes: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.).
Sen. Stabenow is up for re-election for her fourth term in the Senate. The two Republicans vying to face Stabenow in the general election, John James and Sandy Pensler, support Trump's pick.
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