Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

As Kennedy Retires, Senate Gears Up for a Supreme Court Brawl

As Kennedy Retires, Senate Gears Up for a Supreme Court Brawl

With a second Supreme Court pick less than 18 months into his presidency, Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement will hand President Trump the reins to cement conservative control, fire up supporters eager for a rightward shift and shape USA justice for decades to come.

Kennedy, who served on the Supreme Court for 30 years, announced on Wednesday that he would retire at the end of July, which has already ignited a partisan skirmish in Congress over whether lawmakers should confirm a Supreme Court justice during an election year.

A traditional conservative, he advanced gay rights, reinforced abortion rights and erased political spending limits. Although conservative, he sometimes joined the liberal wing of the court and authored landmark opinions on cases dealing with abortion, campaign finance and LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage. Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority, but Democrats can't delay confirmation.

Ms. Perry, who got to know Justice Kennedy during a year studying the Supreme Court in the 1990s, said his moderation will be particularly missed. The mostly unsurprising news came hours after SCOTUS struck down a pro-union IL law and a day after it upheld Trump's Muslim travel ban.

"I expect the nominee to be like Justice Gorsuch, to demonstrate excellence in every respect, and to earn widespread support from the American people, and bipartisan support for confirmation in the Senate", Leo said.

Later on his own show, Matthews advocated that the Democrats stall any nomination the president might make, just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did to former President Obama's court nominations.

Collins said she has the "utmost respect" for Kennedy's service and integrity during his time on the nation's highest court and labeled him "an ideal justice". Should Republicans proceed with confirmation hearings before the November election?

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