President Trump has announced his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. The next Supreme Court Justice will have enormous power over the lives of all Americans for decades to come. The next Justice could provide the deciding vote on many issues affecting our union, our students, and our rights. For instance, the newest justice could decide whether the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with preexisting conditions is constitutional, whether working families have a voice in the workplace, whether religious and private schools have a constitutional right to vouchers, and so much more. In the end, every issue we care about comes down to the courts.
Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial decisions and public statements are of grave concern. He has praised rulings and legal theories that justify allowing public money being funneled into religious institutions, and he has predicted that a future Supreme Court would uphold school vouchers that go to private religious schools.
He has contorted the law and facts to side with companies against workers and unions, while also consistently voting to reverse rulings that protect workers’ safety, privacy, and rights to organize and bargain collectively; and he has said that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act should be declared unconstitutional.
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