SEIU members, leaders react to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court

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On the steps of the Supreme Court and at rallies across the country, SEIU members joined healthcare and justice activists to protest Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

“Working people know all too well how important the Supreme Court is to upholding key American values,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “In just the last few weeks it attacked the rights of working people in the Janus case and enshrined discrimination against immigrants by ruling in favor of the Muslim ban. Judge Kavanaugh is a narrow-minded elitist who would further rig our economy and democracy against working Americans.”

Particularly concerning to SEIU members are the potential effects on our healthcare system should Kavanaugh be admitted to the court. His record makes clear that he would be a rubber stamp for the president, including his crusade to sabotage our healthcare. He has argued that a president could declare a law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it “even if a court has held or would hold the statute constitutional.”

His nomination has also been pre-approved by an extreme group that wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement. If the ACA is struck down, protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would be at risk.

In the coming weeks, SEIU members and leaders will be out in full force to urge U.S. senators to reject President Trump’s nominee.  They know that our country needs a fair-minded justice who understands that the law should provide everyone with a level playing field and believes that everyone is created equal.

Footage from the Supreme Court rally can be viewed on Facebook Live.

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