Texas Senators react to Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill
The confirmation hearing is underway for President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick. It’s a decision both sides say could shape the nation’s top court for decades. Washington Reporter Alana Austin interviewed both the Texas Senators today on Capitol Hill.
Liberal protesters shouted in the committee hearing room, while Republicans looked to defend Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn tell Alana Austin they’re disappointed with the political squabbling today.
Cruz and Cornyn serve on the Senate Judiciary committee, which vets Supreme Court picks. GOP leaders say Kavanaugh - a federal appeals court judge in DC - is a top legal mind in the country and a fair judge.
Republicans praised the legal credentials and personal record of Kavanaugh, while Democratic lawmakers looked to stall the hearing. They say 42,000 pages were dropped last night and they haven’t had enough time to review them.
Democrats also argue they need important White House records on Kavanaugh’s time serving under President George W. Bush.
The Senators from the lone star state say their colleagues across the aisle are holding a grudge about the results of the 2016 presidential election. They also say the pacing of this confirmation process falls in line with previous nominations, and a much bigger volume of documents have been provided to members than in the past.
“We saw a political circus - we saw left-wing protesters disrupting the hearings. we saw Democratic senators trying desperately to delay and obstruct," said Cruz.
“We’re going to plow our way through this. It may not be pretty but we’re going to get this done this week," said Cornyn.
Opponents of Kavanaugh express concerns that he would rule against abortion access, workers' rights and middle class Americans. Republicans have said this is not true and this has been a transparent process with thousands of pages of documents turned over to members for careful examination.
Cornyn - who serves in a leadership role in the U-S Senate – tells Alana Austin he’s confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed soon. He even expects him to join the bench in time for the upcoming October term.
Right now Republicans hold a razor-thin majority in the Senate, but they hope to get some red state Democrats on their side to confirm Kavanaugh.