Senate Reaches Deal On 15 Judges

Protesters greeted newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for his first day of work on Tuesday dressed as characters from the TV show The Handmaid's Tale

Chief Justice John Roberts is referring ethics complaints against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado and neighboring states. But its ultimate impact remains uncertain. And by calling up the judicial nominations now, McConnell will force Democrats to swallow more confirmations before their imperiled incumbents can leave Washington to campaign.[Democrats are] settling for a middle ground, with few committing to a full-on fight.Another Democratic senator said that "I think we will" take a deal on judges.

Kavanaugh asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders, three days after being confirmed by the Republican-led Senate despite being accused of sexual assault.

Hailed as a big political victory for Trump and the Republican Party, Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment as the 114th Supreme Court justice appeared to secure a solid majority of conservatives on the US highest court for years.

With the nation divided over Brett Kavanaugh, it might be a bad time to be Brett Kavanagh. Kondik said many other trends this year favor Democrats, especially in the battle for control of the House of Representatives.

But Democrats are defending 25 seats, so being back home is more consequential for them.

Shifts in impressions of Kavanaugh are coming most sharply at the extremes.

"I hope that our supporters understand that, but we need to be focusing on is the outcome of the 2018 elections", she said adding that if Democrats control the Senate next year they will be able to block Trump's nominees they oppose. "We will increase our majorities".

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Never again can Republicans allow Democrats to disrupt the Senate's obligation to seriously and honestly consider judicial appointments by the president and to endlessly stall these appointments, and never again can the Democrats insist on special treatment and white-glove handling of "the girl".

Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a vocal supporter of Mr Kavanaugh during his protracted confirmation, says they have their opponents to thank.

Protesters took to the streets during the Senate debate and vote, and they were cheered on by a host of Democratic senators including Elizabeth Warren of MA.

And other Democrats warned the intensity of the protests will spill over into the November elections.

"Maybe some of that animus remains for Republicans and that is a rallying cry for the midterm", Kondik said.

Among the handful of senators who missed the day's votes were Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida, who face tough re-election races, and Florida Republican Marco Rubio.

"Our base is on fire", the top Senate Republican said in an interview with The Hill news daily.

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