Tennessee lawmakers reacts to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh picked for Supreme Court by President Trump

Brett Kavanaugh picked for Supreme Court by President Trump

"He keeps an open mind and sticks to the law", Mascott said. There is a 51-49 split in favor of Republicans, suggesting Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed as Kennedy's replacement, though it is not a done deal.

President Trump has made his decision, and the next person to face the Senate Supreme Court confirmation gauntlet will be D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

While Kavanaugh's record has antagonized conservatives at times, his position on executive authority may have endeared himself to Trump. "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: "If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will have the chance to codify President Trump and Vice President Pence's unsafe anti-LGBTQ record and the agenda of anti-LGBTQ groups into law for decades to come".

The appellate court judge's first, well-photographed stop: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress. Both senators backed Gorsuch's nomination.

Judge Kavanaugh said he would begin meetings with senators on Tuesday.

Other Trump-state Democrats on the fence include Sens. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

The Federal Communications Commission this year repealed the Obama-era net neutrality rule last month, angering supporters who fear internet companies will now slow down speeds on certain sites in hopes of charging the companies that run those sites more money for faster access. His clerks routinely find themselves working at the high court, not just for Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts, but also for justices appointed by Democratic presidents.

At the top of that list is abortion.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right. "Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of those words, 'Equal Justice Under Law, ' is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court", Harris wrote.

In his time serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh has consistently voted to roll back rules and regulations. Kavanaugh worked in the Bush White House as an associate counsel, Staff Secretary and Assistant to the President.

But Democrats say nothing short of Roe v. Wade is on the line and have cast Kavanaugh as a far-right judge who threatens women's reproductive rights. He has also taught at Yale Law School-from which he graduated-as well as Harvard and Georgetown.

Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days. He dissented from a ruling that let an undocumented immigrant teenager get an abortion while in federal custody. However, Brett disagreed demanding the government find a sponsor for the woman, but the full appeals took up the case and Brett was overruled.

"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguard of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said. Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority.

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. Jon Kyl, his guide for the confirmation process.