Rep. Carolyn Maloney Reacts to News That Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Will Retire
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) release the following statement after Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced his retirement:
“With Justice Kennedy leaving the court, every hard-won civil right is now vulnerable. Every woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, marriage equality, labor rights and affirmative action are now at stake in an instant.
“We cannot allow the confirmation to the Supreme Court of any nominee whose record indicates that he or she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade or turn back the clock on gains made by women and minorities. We must block the seating of another justice who would turn a blind eye to the toxic effects of dark money in politics, who would blithely ignore the hateful rhetoric of a President seeking to ban all the members of one religion from entering our country and allow the imprisonment of children.
“Senator McConnell, in postponing any Supreme Court nomination hearing until after the 2016 Presidential election, set a new standard and since we followed it then, we must follow it now. The U.S. Senate must be consistent and wait until after the new Senate is seated in January 2019 to give consideration to any nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat.”