Miss Community gets the ‘Real Deal From Capitol Hill’ this week with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (District-VA). We talked about the good news of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act passing out of the House and will head to the Senate. Also, this is what Senator Kaine had to say about the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. Will he support or oppose his nomination? 60 votes are needed for the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch. Play audio here….
The 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, which passed the House last week, would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to highlight the arrival and influence of Africans in America. Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources are considering the Senate version introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The commission would be charged with recognizing and the resilience and contribution of African Americans since 1619, as well as acknowledging the painful impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination have had on our nation’s history. Similar commissions have been established to recognize English & Hispanic heritage. This is an important step toward getting this legislation enacted.
Senator Kaine Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his intent to vote against cloture and final confirmation for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I’ve observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases involving a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health. He has made the astounding argument that bosses have an individual right to prevent their company’s female employees from using their own health insurance to buy contraception. He has taken extraordinary steps to force reconsideration of rulings that preserve access to reproductive health. And he has cavalierly referred to contraceptive use as ‘the wrongdoing of others.’ More than sixty percent of American women of childbearing age use contraception and the right to do so has been constitutionally protected for more than fifty years.
“Judge Gorsuch unquestionably has an impressive professional and educational background, but a nominee to the Supreme Court must also demonstrate sound judicial philosophy. Judge Gorsuch’s selective activism in restricting women’s rights and his framing of women making their own health decisions as ‘the wrongdoing of others’ are jarring and do not demonstrate a philosophy that belongs on the Supreme Court. I will oppose his nomination.”
Kaine practiced as a civil rights lawyer for 17 years with cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He also taught constitutional law and legal ethics at the University of Richmond Law School. Kaine also expanded upon his statement by writing a long form piece on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, here.