Catherine Cortez Masto (D - NV) Definitely No



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(Statements last updated October 6, 2018 04:02 PM -04:00.)

September 20: Senate Republicans are attempting to make Dr. Blasey Ford testify on just a few days’ notice—without having the FBI follow up on her allegations and provide a report first. This strikes us as simply a check-the-box exercise in a rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. It is for this reason that we urge you to reconsider your decision and ask the FBI to take appropriate action in response to the claims that have been made, so that Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination can be considered by the Senate in a manner that is both consistent with past practices and fair to the parties involved and the American people. (

September 19: While I unfortunately didn't get a chance to sit down & discuss my concerns with #JudgeKavanaugh, it's clear that Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to women's rights. I look forward to voting NO on this nominee because nothing less than a woman's right to choose is on the line. (Twitter)

September 19: After carefully reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s record and listening to his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have determined that his stance on a woman’s right to choose is extreme and disqualifies him from a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. From his challenge of Roe v. Wade as ‘settled law’ during his time as a White House attorney to his far-fetched dissent denying a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant in detention from accessing an abortion, I have no doubt that his confirmation would tip the balance of the Supreme Court to end Roe v. Wade and imperil American women’s reproductive freedom. (

August 10: Cortez Masto says she plans to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but it likely won't be until after his confirmation hearing in September. She said she's still reviewing his opinions in cases. But from what she's seen so far, she has concerns about his interpretations of issues regarding abortion rights, worker's rights, net neutrality and LGBTQ rights. She said she wants the Supreme Court to be balanced and noted that Trump's last nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, declined to meet with her. (Miami Herald)

July 20: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, says her mind is not made up yet about the President’s pick to replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on America’s high court. She plans to meet the nominee, Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in the near future. “You know, I want to sit him down and want to see what he has to say -how he responds, if he responds,” Cortez Masto told me Friday by phone from her office in Washington...Cortez Masto says she is studying Kavanaugh’s work. “I am currently going through his opinions, his writing, taking a look at some of his positions that I have concerns about.” One of her principal concerns is how a Kavanaugh on the court would impact women. “We have fought, particularly in the State of Nevada, to make sure that women have a choice when it comes to making decisions about their bodies and their health care. I do not want that to be rolled back. I do not want a judge that is going to come in and take that away,” she told me...The Senator is also examining how the nominee would handle issues of civil rights. “I want somebody who is going to protect the rights of all Americans, not just a few,” she says. (News 3 Las Vegas)

July 11: I’m already concerned he came off a list that was put forward by @Heritage & @FedSoc, organizations that I know are looking for judges who are very, very conservative, who they believe would roll back Roe v Wade (Twitter)

July 9: President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court will hold immense power over the most critical issues facing our nation, including a woman’s right to choose, protection for those with preexisting conditions, LGBTQ rights, money in politics, and workers’ rights. We need a Justice who respects the rights and freedoms enshrined in our Constitution, not someone who is beholden to special interest groups. I plan to meet with Judge Kavanaugh in the coming months and will review his qualifications thoroughly. (


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