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Definitely No Patty Murray (July 21, 2018): I voted against Judge Kavanaugh when he was nominated as a federal judge by George W. Bush, and I strongly oppose his nomination now. I'm calling on all of my Senate colleagues to join me in rejecting him -- but it will take the American people standing together and making our voices heard to win this fight. (Democratic Party fundraising email)

Unknown Tim Kaine (July 21, 2018): On Judge Kavanaugh, I'm reading his opinions. I'm scheduling a meeting with him. I'm going to meet with him personally, which Republicans refused to do when Judge Garland was nominated for the court. And then I'm going to watch the judiciary committee hearing. And after that hearing and after I have the opportunity to personally ask him about issues that I think are really important, I'll wait til after the hearing and make up my mind. I'll do it on the merits. (YouTube / PBS News Hour - first U.S. Senate debate in Virginia)

Unknown Joe Manchin III (July 20, 2018): In constituent town hall on Kavanaugh, Manchin going over nominee's rulings on Obamacare and says he wants to ask him: "Now that the individual mandate has been repealed by the tax law...what’s your opinion on the constitutionality of the ACA?" "I can't give you his answer because I haven't spoken to him yet," Manchin tells constituents. "All my legal minds, their brains are twisting and turning right now." (Twitter)

Likely Yes Tim Scott (July 20, 2018): Those freedoms, he said, will be protected by the Supreme Court if Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nomination to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, is confirmed. “Our nation will have a firewall in the Supreme Court that I believe will be there, by God’s grace, to protect the freedoms as our nation battles for the next decade or so (over) what should be the DNA of America,” Scott said. (The Gazette)

Likely Yes Michael B. Enzi (July 19, 2018): It was great to talk with Judge Kavanaugh about his years of experience and dedication to the judicial system. He is an extremely well qualified nominee whose prior rulings and writings demonstrate his commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law. I appreciated his thoughtful answers to my questions and look forward to the Senate’s consideration of his nomination this fall. (Twitter)

Likely Yes Todd Young (July 17, 2018): Young told the Courier & Press in his office before Tuesday's meeting that he is "very much inclined" to support Kavanaugh, but he has work to do before making a final decision. "I think the president's chosen someone with impeccable credentials and an incredible reputation for faithfully interpreting the Constitution and applying the letter of the Constitution to the facts of the given case," Young said. "I am very much inclined to support a nominee like that." Young added that he still wants to research Kavanaugh's judicial opinions and consult legal experts who know the judge. (Evansville Courier & Press)

Definitely Yes Ted Cruz (July 17, 2018): Despite Senate Democrats’ best efforts to demagogue this nomination, they will be unsuccessful. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to supporting his nomination, and am confident that the Senate will move swiftly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh in the coming months. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Johnny Isakson (July 17, 2018): My meeting today with Judge Kavanaugh confirmed what constitutional experts, legal scholars and his own clerks have said: He is eminently well-qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and has a strong commitment to our Constitution and the rule of law. Judge Kavanaugh has a strong record of applying the law as it is written without regard to his personal views, which is exactly what a judge should do. I look forward to his testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Todd Young (July 17, 2018): Today, I had the opportunity to sit down with Judge Kavanaugh and discuss a wide range of issues that are important to Hoosiers, including his approach to interpreting the Constitution. Judge Kavanaugh is a good and decent person, a family man, and a well-respected jurist. If confirmed, I have confidence that he will be faithful to the Constitution and preserve the integrity of the Supreme Court. Our discussion today will be very helpful as I continue to review Judge Kavanaugh’s record. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Bob Corker (July 16, 2018): The politician, who is weighing a run against the president, urged the Foreign Relations Committee chairman to use his procedural leverage in the Senate to halt Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court as payback for Trump’s refusal on Monday to acknowledge Russia’s election meddling. Nothing doing, the retiring senator responded. “Why would I cut off my nose to spite my face?” Corker recounted responding to the pol, whom he declined to name publicly. “I like the Supreme Court nominee. So what the heck?” (Note: We have not yet confirmed the exact date of Sen. Corker's recounting of this story, but it appears to have taken place on or around 7/16/2018.) (Politico)

Likely No Bill Nelson (July 16, 2018): “If you want to stop McConnell's plans to put another right-wing extremist on the Supreme Court, gut affordable health care and dismantle Medicare,” Nelson wrote in a July 16 fundraising email, “you need to give right now to make sure Democrats take back the Senate by winning in Florida.” (Washington Examiner, and confirmed by Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary)

Unknown Joe Manchin III (July 16, 2018): I take my responsibility to advise and consent on a nominee to the Supreme Court very seriously. As I did when Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch were nominated, I am evaluating Judge Kavanaugh’s record, legal qualifications, judicial philosophy and particularly, his views on healthcare. I encourage West Virginians to review his qualifications themselves and share their thoughts and concerns with me. (senate.gov)

Unknown Rand Paul (July 16, 2018): U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he is “very worried” about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, signaling a potential rocky appointment in the Senate. “I’m worried about his opinion on the Fourth Amendment,” Paul said in Louisville on Monday. “Kavanaugh ruled that national security trumps privacy ... that worries me.”...Overall he said he was “undecided” and added that it could be “a lot worse, it could have been a Clinton appointee.” (13NewsNow.com)

Unknown Rand Paul (July 15, 2018): At this point I'm undecided...I am worried though, and perhaps disappointed, that I think Kavanaugh will cancel out Gorsuch's vote on the fourth amendment...I'm willing to meet with him. I'd like to have a frank discussion with him...I'm concerned about Kavanaugh. We're going to have hopefully an open and long and far-ranging conversation about this. (TV News Archive)

Unknown Doug Jones (July 14, 2018): "I’ve got thoughts, but I’m not going to say. I want to do my investigative work. ... We’ll go from there...I’m going to do a deep dive of his record and we’ll talk about that record. I’ll make my judgment at that point." (Note: We have not yet confirmed the exact date of these comments, but they appear to have taken place on or around 7/14/2018.) (The Hill)

Definitely No Debbie Stabenow (July 13, 2018): It is the Senate’s constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination on behalf of the people we represent. After reviewing his record, I believe it is in the best interests of the people of Michigan for me to oppose the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. (senate.gov)

Definitely Yes Mitch McConnell (July 13, 2018): I've been trying to find anybody whose known him over the last 20 years who dislikes him and can't find anybody. In short, if you were calling up central casting and said, 'send me the perfect Supreme Court justice' it would be Brett Kavanaugh. (Louisville Courier Journal)

Definitely Yes Roger Wicker (July 13, 2018): Like Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom President Trump appointed last year, Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding nominee to the High Court. His credentials include more than a decade on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and his impressive record falls well within the judicial mainstream. I am confident he will be a strong conservative addition to the Supreme Court, diligently protecting the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to every American. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Gary Peters (July 13, 2018): The Supreme Court is supposed to protect the fundamental rights of all Americans, and I believe Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record shows that he will put the needs of special interests and large corporations ahead of the American people. I’m deeply troubled by his efforts to undermine workers’ rights and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will only further stack the deck against hardworking middle class families who are struggling to make ends meet. His judicial opinions against the Affordable Care Act threaten a woman’s right to control her own health care decisions, and risk limiting health care access for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. He has ruled against clean air protections, which risks environmental and public health and undermines our economic competitiveness. Coupled with his dissent in favor of striking down net neutrality, these positions put small businesses that are striving to succeed at a serious disadvantage to wealthy multinational corporations. Families and businesses in Michigan rely on these hard-won rights and protections. Given Judge Kavanaugh’s clear record of placing corporate interests before the rights of Michiganders, I will oppose his nomination. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Mike Rounds (July 13, 2018): During his career, he has issued more than 300 opinions, so part of our job in the Senate will be to review them so we can learn more about his decision-making philosophy. The Supreme Court has endorsed Kavanaugh’s opinions more than a dozen times. In some cases, the Supreme Court upheld a D.C. Circuit Court opinion, which he joined, and in other cases, they used his dissenting opinions to overturn D.C. Circuit Court opinion...Some of our Democrat colleagues have demanded that nominees reveal how they would vote in a particular case based on the policy outcome. We believe this is inappropriate. Judges – particularly Supreme Court Justices who have the final say in the law – must be able and willing to put their personal beliefs aside and apply the law as it was written, not as he or she would like it to be. The Constitution clearly laid out that the role of the Supreme Court is to fairly interpret the law that Congress creates. Period. The judiciary must not be politicized. Confirming fair, impartial judges who will adhere to the Constitution is one of our greatest responsibilities in the Senate, and one which I take very seriously. I look forward to a thorough and rigorous confirmation process as we consider the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Ben Sasse (July 12, 2018): The judge I met today doesn't sound anything like the imaginary bogeyman that Democrats are railing against. I think Nebraskans are going to like this humble judge who is clearly most proud of his two daughters. Judge Kavanaugh is a serious thinker and a careful jurist who understands that our system of checks and balances and our First Amendment freedoms make America great. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Likely Yes Deb Fischer (July 12, 2018): During our meeting today, I asked Judge Kavanaugh several questions about his record and his constitutional interpretation. I was impressed with his talented legal mind, judicial temperament and commitment to the rule of law...[Kavanaugh is] an excellent choice. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

Likely Yes Cory Gardner (July 12, 2018): I expect, I believe [Senators Manchin, Heitkamp, and Donnelly] will vote for Judge Kavanaugh. And why? Not because of politics, well, yes, because of politics, but yes, because Judge Kavanaugh is a good judge, that if you look at his, if you look at his record, which we are getting into, and we will get into more, they’re going to see that you have a judge here who is a judge’s judge who has great respect. I saw a liberal Yale law professor write an op-ed in support of Judge Kavanaugh and his nomination. He’s going to have support from the left and the right. And they’re going to see that here is a judge who’s not going to rule base on personal opinion or biases, but the law. And that’s what we want of any judge on any court. (HughHewitt.com)

Likely Yes John Kennedy (July 12, 2018): I like what I see with Judge Kavanaugh. I don't know him well yet. I sit on Judiciary, and it's our job to examine his qualifications and I intend to do my job. I want the same thing for this Supreme Court position as I wanted for the one filled by Justice Gorsuch. I want a cross between Socrates and Dirty Harry. I want a person who is wise, who is open-minded, not afraid to test his assumptions against the arguments of his critics, but I also want somebody who has some self-awareness and has the courage of his convictions. I have lots of questions for Judge Kavanaugh, both about the law and his philosophy of the law. I'd like to know a little bit more about him personally. I'm looking for a judge, I'm not looking for an activist who's going to try and rewrite the Constitution every other Thursday. I want somebody who will follow the law and call the balls and strikes...Let me say it again--I like what I see. I really like what I see. Clearly, Judge Kavanaugh has a brilliant legal mind. But I just want to be sure. This is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, unelected positions--it's for life--in the most powerful and important country in human history, America. I want to get this one right. I think he's a good one--it looks like it--but I just want to be sure. It's my job. (710 KEEL)

Definitely Yes Dan Sullivan (July 12, 2018): I think Judge Kavanaugh meets the qualifications we should be looking for and I plan on supporting him as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Mike Rounds (July 12, 2018): It wasn't even so much what he said: it was how he said it -- and the sincerity, the ability to project his sense of humanity, his strong focus on his role as a judge to actually interpret, rather than create, law. It was what a lot of us as conservatives really wanted to hear...and I think as people come forward, and they start looking at it, I would suspect that, if Republicans say they're supportive, I would imagine there are a number of Democrats who would also probably join in...I think a number of them will probably step forward and recognize also that this guy really is an excellent choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. (WNAX.com)

Likely No Tammy Baldwin (July 12, 2018): The people of Wisconsin need a fair, impartial and independent Supreme Court Justice who will stand up for them, not for powerful special interests. I don’t have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh would be that justice. (Facebook)

Likely No Catherine Cortez Masto (July 11, 2018): 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)

Likely No Jeanne Shaheen (July 11, 2018): Well, as you know, Judge Kavanaugh has a long record of 12 years on the D.C. Circuit. He's done a lot of writings during that time. I think we're just beginning to find out what's in some of those. Before that he was a political operative. He worked in the Bush White House. He was involved with Ken Starr in that investigation. He was involved with the Elian Gonzalez situation. So he has a lot in his history that I'm interested in seeing more about and seeing where he has stood on certain issues. I am troubled by his opposition to health care, to the Affordable Care Act. I'm troubled by his -- what I expect to be his stance on women's reproductive freedom. So there are a lot of questions that I want to ask him. But I think we need to have a full process where we have a chance to listen to what this nominee has to say, to learn about his record, and then to make a decision. I think we need to go back to the days when people tried to look at nominees and see who -- whether they really are mainstream, whether they really can respect the precedent that's in the Constitution -- or in the Supreme Court decisions, and really uphold as Judge Kavanaugh said he wanted to do, the Constitution. (CNN)

Unknown Joe Manchin III (July 11, 2018): No I don’t have a lean [on how I will vote]. I think he seems to be a very fine person of high moral standards. A family person who’s very involved in his community. Has all the right qualities. He’s well-educated. And with that, you know, we have to just look at making sure that the rule of law and the Constitution is going to be followed ... I’ll be hearing from West Virginians and their opinion. And I think they have, also, a right. And that’s who I work for. They’re my boss. And we want to hear from them, too, during this process. (YouTube)

Likely Yes Michael D. Crapo (July 11, 2018): After meeting Judge Kavanaugh in person, I am more convinced than ever he deserves a full review of his record so that the American people will know his background & character. I look forward to him coming before @senjudiciary to speak about his experience & knowledge more deeply (Twitter)

Unknown Tim Kaine (July 11, 2018): Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said that while many of his fellow Democrats have already said they will oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he has not yet made up his mind how he will vote on the Supreme Court nominee. On Wednesday morning, Kaine told reporters that he has a lot of concerns about Kavanaugh. He said he is particularly worried over the effect the judge could have on abortion rights and abolition of the Affordable Care Act, but Kaine insists he must do a lot of research before he decides how he will vote. 'My goal is to review the record with my staff, interview Judge Kavanaugh in my office. Possibly offer some of those ideas to the judiciary committee members who will be questioning him. Watch that hearing before making a final decision,' said Kaine[.] He says he would like to see the Senate wait until after the midterm elections to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. (WSLS)

Likely Yes Charles E. Grassley (July 11, 2018): I've been following him on the DC Circuit Court, and he's been pretty much a person that believes in the Constitution as basic law and something to protect the people from their government. (KIOW)

Definitely Yes David Perdue (July 10, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh has an outstanding career. I am excited by his nomination. This is the second nomination that President Trump has made for the United States Supreme Court. We all know, both Democrats and Republicans, what a great addition Neil Gorsuch was to the United States Supreme Court. I think Brett Kavanaugh is of the same ilk, and I think he will make the same sort of Justice – the type of Justice that supports and defends the Constitution of the United States...Now, the other side will tell you all bad things about this individual, just like they did with Neil Gorsuch. I’m here to tell you, we need to take politics out of this equation. This is about the future of our country. This is about an individual with an outstanding, objective, and independent record of defending and upholding the Constitution of the United States. I could not be more excited about a nominee than I am about Brett Kavanaugh. (senate.gov)

Likely No Sheldon Whitehouse (July 10, 2018): I want to take my look at him, and I want to get answers to a bunch of questions. I have plenty of time before I'm obliged to cast a vote on him. And I think, for awhile, it's actually really important for the American people to understand that these Republican judicial nominees are coming through a special interest obstacle course moderated in secret by the Federalist Society, that there's a whole dark-money operation that goes into action to support their confirmations politically -- one donor gave nearly $18 million into the Garland to Gorsuch fight -- so there's a lot of smelly stuff that happens in this process that I think is going to be educational for Americans as we look later at Brett Kavanaugh. But we shouldn't look away from this messy process too early and have the American people not understand how this is the early stages of rigging. (NBC News)

Likely No Debbie Stabenow (July 10, 2018): This Supreme Court vacancy represents a very consequential moment for our country. I have serious concerns about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record. Based on his past decisions, I am deeply concerned that he would roll back women’s access to reproductive health care, make it harder for Michigan families to get affordable health coverage, particularly if they have a preexisting condition, and weaken enforcement of our environmental laws, like our clean water laws that protect our Great Lakes. I intend to review his complete record and will evaluate his nomination thoroughly. (senate.gov)

Unknown Lisa Murkowski (July 10, 2018): I don't have an impression on Judge Kavanaugh as to where he may fall on the issue of abortion as well as the many other issues that I will weigh as we move forward with this process," Murkowski said. "So again, that's why I think all of us need to be doing our due diligence. I find it somewhat troubling that even before the President named Judge Kavanaugh that there were those who were roundly condemning the nominee without knowing who the nominee is," Murkowski said. "I think that there is a process -- that process needs to be fair, it needs to be open. We all, every member of the United States Senate has an equal obligation to thoroughly vet this nominee. And we will come down on one side or the other but in due deference to the nominee and in due deference to the president's prerogative to name a nominee. We have an obligation to thoroughly work through this advice and consent process. (CNN)

Unknown Joe Donnelly (July 10, 2018): I work for the people of Indiana and I want them to have a voice in this ... People have said 'do you feel pressure?' and I don't ... When I spoke with Justice Gorsuch, when I reviewed his writings, when I reviewed his court decisions, I became comfortable he wasn't extreme one way or the other. (WNDU)

Definitely No Bob Casey (July 10, 2018): You’ve got a Congress and both houses controlled by the hard right, you have an administration that shows great deference to the hard right on virtually every major issue...I’m not going to be complicit in turning over this third branch of government to the hard right...I’ve got a position and I’m not backing off that: I’m a No and I’m [going to] remain No. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Likely Yes Michael B. Enzi (July 10, 2018): I appreciate President Trump acting quickly to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The chance to serve on the highest court in the land is a great honor bestowed with incredible responsibility. I am excited to once again review Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and record to ensure they demonstrate his commitment to the rule of law. I support Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s commitment to upholding Senate precedent and following regular order, with an expected vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination this fall. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Todd Young (July 10, 2018): Sen. Todd Young said Tuesday he'll make his decision on whether to support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court not based on how President Trump's choice would rule on specific cases, but on his overall judicial philosophy. And from what the Indiana Republican said he knows now, Kavanaugh has the "originalist" approach he's looking for. "Are they applying the Constitution and the laws as written? Or are they legislating from the bench," he said. "The former is what I think is needed in a federal judge." (IndyStar.com)

Likely No Gary Peters (July 10, 2018): Certainly, I have some immediate concerns. I’m concerned about some of his opinions on environmental issues — clean air, clean water issues, particularly given the crisis in Flint...He’s not been very open to allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to put in protections. With the upcoming updates to the Lead and Copper Rule, I'm concerned about what that may mean to protect populations from contamination. (The Detroit News)

Unknown Joe Donnelly (July 10, 2018): Sen. Joe Donnelly, vulnerable Indiana Democrat, says he has to vet Kavanaugh’s record. But whether pre-existing conditions can still be covered under the ACA will be a “central part” of nomination, he told me, noting he supported the law to expand coverage for his constituents (Twitter)

Unknown Lisa Murkowski (July 10, 2018): I've been asked already this morning by several different reporters, 'What do you think? What do you think?' And I am certainly going to defer on that until I have had an opportunity to review, and this is an individual that has a pretty extensive record out there. He's been on the bench since 2006. He's been in the administration before that. So there is a lot to go through. (The Anchorage Daily News)

Unknown Joe Manchin III (July 10, 2018): “I thought he came across as a good family person, good, decent human being,” Mr. Manchin said of his initial reaction to Judge Kavanaugh. But he said he would not be making a hasty decision about a Supreme Court appointment mere hours after the announcement, noting his concern about Judge Kavanaugh’s views of the Affordable Care Act given the “lives at stake” in West Virginia. (The New York Times)

Definitely No Kamala Harris (July 10, 2018): The concern I have about his appointment and him being on the United States Supreme Court is that we already know that there are probably 20 states that are prepared and have been in the process of restricting a woman's right to make that decision in terms of giving her meaningful access to not only reproductive health care, but also to an abortion. And my concern is that those cases will then be appealed up to the United States Supreme Court, and he, being the swing vote on that court, will consistently uphold these restrictions on a woman's meaningful access to reproductive care, and, in effect, then, can overturn Roe v. Wade without explicitly overturning Roe v. Wade, in that affirming these state laws, these restrictions on a woman's access to reproductive health care, they will essentially eliminate a woman's ability to have an abortion if she makes the decision that that is necessary. (PBS News Hour)

Likely No Mazie K. Hirono (July 10, 2018): The burden of the proof is on him, which means that I am leaning no but maybe he can convince me to vote for him. This is a big burden on him to show me he can be fair and objective. (CNN)

Unknown Susan Collins (July 10, 2018): “When you look at the credentials that Judge Kavanaugh brings to the job, it’ll be very difficult for anyone to argue that he’s not qualified for the job. He clearly is qualified for the job,” Collins told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether she faced an easier decision with Kavanaugh than Judge Amy Comey Barrett, who was on the president’s short list and is seen as more hostile to reproductive rights. The moderate GOP senator added, however, that she would take into consideration “other issues involving judicial temperament and his judicial philosophy” before making a final decision. (The Huffington Post)

Likely Yes Johnny Isakson (July 10, 2018): “He appears to have an impeccable record,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) of the 53 year-old Kavanaugh. “He’s youthful, which I think is important for the history of the court, and the longevity of the court.” (WSBTV.com)

Likely Yes Tom Cotton (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive record as a jurist and as a lawyer. This is a highly consequential nomination, and it deserves the most careful consideration, so I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh soon to discuss more in detail his views on the Supreme Court's role in our constitutional democracy. (senate.gov)

Likely No Maria Cantwell (July 9, 2018): I have grave concerns about this nomination and Judge Kavanaugh’s previous decisions on net neutrality and health care. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Todd Young (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is a well-respected judge with a strong record of honoring the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. I look forward to conducting a thorough and objective review of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination over the coming weeks, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will give him the same courtesy. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Ron Wyden (July 9, 2018): Tonight the president begins a forced march back to the days when women’s health care choices were made by government. There can be no mistaking Trump’s Supreme Court nomination for anything but what it is: a direct attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. American women could lose the right to chart the courses of their own lives, finding their futures are determined by the whims of fanatical state legislators and the availability of contraception. Make no mistake: we will not go back to those days. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Roger Wicker (July 9, 2018): President Trump has once again kept his promise to nominate to the Supreme Court a well-qualified jurist with a record of upholding the integrity of the law and the Constitution. This appointment will help shape the nation’s highest court for a generation. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, and to the Senate giving full and timely consideration of this nominee. (senate.gov)

Likely No Sheldon Whitehouse (July 9, 2018): Special interests approved this nominee. The confirmation process will be powered by massive, secretive spending by their phony front groups. That’s why Brett Kavanaugh must convince me he can actually be independent. I, along with the American people, will not tolerate a rigged system anymore. (senate.gov)

Likely No Mark Warner (July 9, 2018): Time and time again, President Trump has said that he will only nominate candidates who will vote to undermine those rights and who will work to overturn Roe v. Wade. That simple fact, and that this nominee comes from a list put together by ultra-conservative groups who do not support these core values, give me grave concerns that Judge Kavanaugh is not the right pick to serve on our nation’s highest court. I plan to carefully examine Judge Kavanaugh's record and judicial philosophy. I cannot and will not support a nominee who would take this country backwards by undermining our fundamental rights and American values. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Chris Van Hollen (July 9, 2018): People in Maryland and across the country need and deserve a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for liberty and justice for all — not someone pre-selected by right-wing groups who consistently sides with powerful special interests over the rights of workers, consumers, and individuals. Brett Kavanaugh simply does not meet that basic standard, and I cannot support his nomination to the Supreme Court. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Tom Udall (July 9, 2018): The president pulled Judge Kavanaugh’s name from a pre-approved list concocted by radical, far-right special interests that are committed to undermining a woman’s right to choose, health care protections, safeguards for workers and seniors, LGBTQ rights, and a host of other critical public protections that touch the lives of every New Mexican and every American. These extreme groups put Judge Kavanaugh’s name on their list for a reason...The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to act as a coequal branch of government when it comes to the highest court in the land. We should not consider this nomination legitimate until we return to a real advise and consent process as required by the Constitution. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Patrick J. Toomey (July 9, 2018): I was pleased to see President Trump nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Based on his reputation and resume, Judge Kavanaugh appears to have the intellect and experience necessary to serve on our nation's highest court. Judicial nominees, including those for the Supreme Court, should understand that the proper role of a judge is to apply the law, including the U.S. Constitution, as written. I plan to apply this standard while reviewing Judge Kavanaugh's record and I hope my colleagues will do the same so that Republicans and Democrats can work together to confirm highly qualified jurists. Considering a Supreme Court nominee is one of the greatest responsibilities a Senator has and I look forward to following the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing and meeting Judge Kavanaugh in person soon. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Thom Tillis (July 9, 2018): Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the last decade and earning a reputation for being a mainstream and fair-minded jurist. Judge Kavanaugh undoubtedly has the right qualifications to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court, and I look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks in advance of his confirmation hearing. I hope all my colleagues, regardless of their party affiliation, will ignore the pressure from partisan special interest groups by fairly and thoughtfully assessing Judge Kavanaugh based on his outstanding credentials and qualifications. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Dan Sullivan (July 9, 2018): I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Judge Brett Kavanaugh for some time – dating back to when we worked together in the Bush administration. He is very well regarded as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – the second most important court in the country. In that role he is known for applying the law and Constitution as written, upholding our Second Amendment rights, and having a healthy skepticism concerning the powers of federal administrative agencies. In the coming weeks, I look forward to reviewing in further depth Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive record as a D.C. Circuit judge, and discussing these and other important issues with him. I expect the upcoming Senate confirmation process to be both rigorous and fair, one deserving of a Supreme Court nominee. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Tina Smith (July 9, 2018): This is a pivotal moment for our country—the person who fills this seat long held by Justice Kennedy will shape the course of American democracy for decades. I had hoped that the President would appoint a consensus Justice, a person ready to protect the rights of all Americans over special interests and groups driven by political ideology. But make no mistake—Judge Kavanaugh will not be that Justice. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Richard C. Shelby (July 9, 2018): President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He has impressive credentials, and I look forward to meeting with him to further consider his qualifications and commitment to upholding our Constitution as it is written. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year. I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process will be fair and timely. (senate.gov)

Unknown Jeanne Shaheen (July 9, 2018): The independence of the Supreme Court is critical to our democracy. Judge Kavanaugh must demonstrate his respect for precedent and his focus on defending the Constitution, independent of political influence or ideology. I look forward to reviewing his record, and to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh to discuss a number of key issues that underscore the indispensable values of equality and freedom. The Court has reaffirmed these principles in landmark decisions that maintained protections for women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ civil liberties, and healthcare coverage for millions of Americans that depend on the Affordable Care Act. I will only support Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination if he protects the civil rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. (senate.gov)

Unknown Tim Scott (July 9, 2018): Now, more than ever, we need a Supreme Court Justice that will uphold free speech, religious liberty, and the rights given by the Constitution. Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive resume, and I look forward to meeting him and learning more about him through the confirmation process (senate.gov)

Likely No Brian Schatz (July 9, 2018): Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a troubling record of undermining civil liberties, opposing environmental protection, favoring corporations over workers, and undermining reproductive rights. It is disappointing that President Trump has again selected a nominee from a pre-determined list provided by a special interest group with a radical agenda. As a nominee from this list, Judge Kavanaugh represents a judicial philosophy that is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade and stripping millions of people with pre-existing conditions of their health care. It is now up to him to prove to the American people that he does not represent an extreme judicial doctrine, can serve as an independent check on the executive and legislative branches, and will champion civil liberties. I will continue to study Judge Kavanaugh’s record and follow his hearing closely, but I have grave reservations about this nominee. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Bernard Sanders (July 9, 2018): Let us be clear: President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be a rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires. The coming Senate debate over the replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is about the future of Roe v. Wade, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers' rights, health care, climate change, environmental protection and gun safety. Brett Kavanaugh, contrary to 200 years of Supreme Court precedent, believes a president 'may decline to enforce a statute . . . when the president deems the statute unconstitutional.' He ruled against a migrant teenager seeking to be released from custody in order to obtain an abortion. He believes a president can only be indicted after he leaves office and should not be subjected to civil suits while in office. He ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was unconstitutional. And he would not uphold the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. I do not believe a person with those views should be given a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. We must mobilize the American people to defeat Trump’s right-wing, reactionary nominee. (senate.gov)

Unknown Mike Rounds (July 9, 2018): Appreciated the opportunity to join @POTUS at the White House for the announcement that he has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. Now, the Senate has a constitutional role of ‘advice and consent.’ I take this responsibility very seriously. Confirming conservative, fair-minded judges who will adhere to the Constitution is one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate. I look forward to a thorough and rigorous confirmation process. (Twitter)

Unknown Pat Roberts (July 9, 2018): Congrats to Judge Kavanaugh on his nomination to the #SCOTUS. I take my responsibility of 'advice and consent' very seriously & look forward to the @senjudiciary's thorough vetting of his record. I look forward to mtg Judge Kavanaugh & hope for a fair confirmation process. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Jim Risch (July 9, 2018): I was honored to be invited to the White House to attend the President’s introduction and nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the course of Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive career, he has shown a strong deference to the rule of law and has defended the separation of powers. His nomination, as well as Justice Neil Gorsuch’s, reflect President Trump’s deep commitment to upholding our U.S. Constitution. Once confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh’s presence on the high court will preserve this important document for generations to come. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Jack Reed (July 9, 2018): I opposed Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lower court seat because of his overtly partisan background. I did not believe he was a good fit to serve on the DC Circuit then, and I do not think he is a good fit for the Supreme Court now. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Rob Portman (July 9, 2018): I look forward to considering the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to advance public policy goals by legislating from the bench. Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive background. He is highly regarded as a fair-minded and independent judge and is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks as he goes through a fair and thorough evaluation process. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes David Perdue (July 9, 2018): President Trump has again fulfilled his promise to the American people and put forward an outstanding nominee to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his remarkable legal career, Brett Kavanaugh has shown a commitment to upholding our country’s Constitution. These principles are the bedrock of our nation and have made the United States exceptional since its founding. Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive academic and legal background...Judge Kavanaugh understands the long-lasting impact Supreme Court decisions have on our nation, and I look forward to meeting with him soon. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Patty Murray (July 9, 2018): President Trump, more than any President I’ve seen, has been explicit about what he expects from a nominee—and based on everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh, he is exactly what President Trump is looking for. So, I oppose this nomination. (Twitter)

Definitely No Christopher S. Murphy (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh is an anti-consumer zealot, an opponent of preexisting condition protections, a critic of abortion rights and access to contraception, a Second Amendment radical, and a bad choice for the Supreme Court. Not a close call. I will vote NO. (Twitter)

Unknown Lisa Murkowski (July 9, 2018): This evening the President nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh, I look forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with him. I intend to review Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions on the bench and writings off the bench, and pay careful attention to his responses to questions posed by my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Judiciary will also review Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications prior to these hearings and issue a rating. I intend to carefully consider that rating, the information obtained through personal meetings, my own review of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications and record, and the views of Alaskans in determining whether or not to support him. My standard for reviewing Supreme Court nominees remains rigorous and exacting. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Jerry Moran (July 9, 2018): As a former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Kennedy and current Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a well-qualified nominee with extensive experience in the legal field. In the coming weeks, I will review Judge Kavanaugh’s body of legal writing and meet with him to discuss his interpretation of the law and make certain he will be a steadfast defender of our constitution. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Robert Menendez (July 9, 2018): Voters should have the opportunity to weigh in on the future of the Supreme Court this November, but we know that Republicans cannot afford to give them that chance. That’s why it will be up to Americans in every corner of this country to make their voices heard starting today and let every member of the Senate know that a vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to make abortion illegal, end protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and further rig our justice system in favor of rich and powerful corporate interests. (senate.gov)

Unknown Claire McCaskill (July 9, 2018): I look forward to thoroughly examining Judge Kavanaugh’s record in the coming weeks as the Senate considers his nomination to replace Justice Kennedy. (senate.gov)

Unknown Joe Manchin III (July 9, 2018): As the Senator from West Virginia, I have a constitutional obligation to advise and consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies and I take that responsibility seriously. Just as I did when Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch were nominated, I will evaluate Judge Kavanaugh’s record, legal qualifications, judicial philosophy and particularly, his views on healthcare. The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare. This decision will directly impact almost 40% of my state, so I’m very interested in his position on protecting West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. As I have always said, I believe the Senate should hold committee hearings; Senators should meet with him, we should debate his qualifications on the Senate floor and cast whatever vote we believe he deserves. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, examining his rulings and making a determination of whether to provide my consent. (senate.gov)

Likely No Patrick J. Leahy (July 9, 2018): Based on an initial review of Judge Kavanaugh’s record, we are right to be concerned. President Trump views the independent judiciary as a political branch. He sees the courts as an extension of his power, not a check against it. Yet Judge Kavanaugh’s record reveals an endorsement of this expansive view of presidential power — views that ultimately may place the president above the law. And as a judge he has consistently attempted to dismantle environmental protections and to limit women’s rights. I also still have questions about how truthful he was during his 2006 confirmation hearing regarding his involvement in Bush-era detention policies. The heavy burden is now on Judge Kavanaugh to use his nomination hearing to be forthright with the American people. He must not evade fundamental questions that judicial nominees have answered for decades until recently. He needs to explain why we should believe he would be a justice for all Americans, independent of the President and the ideologically driven interest groups that selected him. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes James Lankford (July 9, 2018): Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive and qualified nominee to be considered for the Supreme Court and it is vitally important that he receives a fair impartial nomination process in the Senate. In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to meeting Judge Kavanaugh and evaluating his judicial philosophy. The Supreme Court has an obligation to protect the Constitution and to stand for the rule of law. A jurist who acts within the bounds of the Constitution and interprets the law as written protects the rights of all Americans to live in liberty. (senate.gov)

Likely No Amy Klobuchar (July 9, 2018): Serious concerns I have about Judge Kavanaugh in addition to the obvious health care & separation of power issues: He ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was unconstitutional (reversed by full Circuit Court) & went out of his way to dissent against net neutrality (Twitter)

Likely No Angus King (July 9, 2018): Tonight’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was included on this list, seems to be the culmination of a process that further erodes traditional norms. This is one of the most consequential decisions any Senator will make, and in evaluating Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, I will thoroughly and thoughtfully research his positions, record, and judicial temperament – but I will do so with some skepticism, because the President has made clear, both on the campaign trail and after being sworn in, the type of Supreme Court Justice he would seek to nominate with regard to important issues like a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act and the limits of executive power. I am inclined to take him at his word that he would find a nominee who meets his criteria – but his standards and mine are vastly different on these topics. I’ve voted against ideologically extreme judges who do not reflect Maine’s values a number of times before, and, if my research indicates that Judge Kavanaugh is another such nominee, I will not hesitate to do so again. (senate.gov)

Unknown John Kennedy (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is obviously well-educated and has an impressive resume, but I look forward to getting to know him better throughout the confirmation process. I want someone who’s smart, intellectually curious and willing to test their assumptions against the arguments of those who disagree with them. During the Senate Judiciary hearings, I plan to delve into how he interprets a statute and how he would interpret the Constitution when it’s not clear. I want to understand how he thinks the judiciary fits in the Madisonian balance of separation of powers. I want to know if he respects the Bill of Rights and understands why we have a Bill of Rights. You really can’t tell whether that standard can be reached until you have a confirmation hearing. That’s why I look forward to a full and fair vetting process. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Ron Johnson (July 9, 2018): A Supreme Court justice ought to be a judge, not a superlegislator – applying the Constitution as written, not altering it to reach a result. President Trump nominated a person who fit that description in Justice Neil Gorsuch last year, and to my understanding Judge Brett Kavanaugh fits it as well. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and the Senate moving expeditiously through the confirmation process. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Johnny Isakson (July 9, 2018): I congratulate Judge Kavanaugh, who is a talented and experienced jurist, on his nomination to our nation’s highest court. I firmly believe that justices who understand and apply the law based on the U.S. Constitution, and not on their own personal political views, should fill seats on our Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s record indicates that he shares a strong commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law. I look forward to meeting with him soon and working with my Senate colleagues and the administration during the confirmation process to ensure that this highly qualified candidate is voted on by the Senate in time for the Court’s next session. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes James M. Inhofe (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh is an outstanding choice for the Supreme Court. Throughout his experience on the bench, Judge Kavanaugh has shown a commitment to upholding the Constitution and respecting judicial restraint. He has a strong history of decisions that respect religious liberty and the Second Amendment and has been a leader in ensuring the court respects the limit of executive authority, especially as it relates to environmental regulations. I applaud the president on selecting yet another well-qualified, respected judicial nominee and look forward to Judge Kavanaugh receiving a fair, thorough nominations process and then a swift up-or-down vote. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Cindy Hyde-Smith (July 9, 2018): I believe Judge Kavanaugh is a well-qualified conservative jurist, and I commend President Trump for his commitment to naming Supreme Court justices who are committed to the rule of law. I appreciate the significance of my responsibility to weigh the qualifications of the nominee, including his dedication to the Constitution and the fair interpretation of our laws. I look forward to being part of this important process. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes John Hoeven (July 9, 2018): Tonight, @POTUS nominated Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows deep respect & strict interpretation of the Constitution & I look forward to meeting with him as the confirmation process gets underway. #SCOTUSnominee (Twitter)

Likely No Mazie K. Hirono (July 9, 2018): Judge Brett Kavanaugh has not earned the benefit of the doubt. He has the burden of proof to demonstrate his ability to be independent of @realDonaldTrump and exercise unbiased and independent judgment. #WhatsAtStake...As a federal appellate court Judge, Kavanaugh’s record is replete with decisions favoring the privileged and powerful. His writings & rulings show a determination to restrict reproductive freedom & strip federal agencies of their power to protect our water, air, and safety. Kavanaugh has advocated that Congress legislate to exempt U.S. presidents from civil and criminal actions while in office. This is of deep concern at a time when Donald Trump is a defendant in numerous civil lawsuits and is the subject of a significant criminal investigation. (Twitter)

Likely Yes Dean Heller (July 9, 2018): Tonight, I had the opportunity to join my colleagues at the White House for the President’s announcement that he has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh has a record of adherence to the Constitution and has demonstrated a commitment to interpreting the law – not making it. I expect the U.S. Senate to conduct a fair, thorough confirmation process, and I look forward to meeting with the nominee. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Martin Heinrich (July 9, 2018): At a time when our democratic institutions are under attack – from undermining the free press to foreign influence in our elections – I refuse to legitimize the broken system Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has created on President Trump’s behalf. We need to remedy both the political obstruction and broken rules that have led us into this terrible mess before confirming anymore nominees that will be tainted by it. Given the divisive climate in Washington, an independent judiciary is more important than ever and fundamental to the health of our democracy. That is why any nomination to our courts should require input from both parties and represent the kind of consensus that can see us through these turbulent political times. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Orrin G. Hatch (July 9, 2018): I’m so pleased that the President has selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. I was honored that the President would consult me about this critical pick and invite me to attend the official White House announcement. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding choice. I know him from his previous confirmation to the D.C. Circuit. He is one of our nation’s most distinguished and influential jurists. During his more than twelve years on the bench, Judge Kavanaugh has authored hundreds of opinions on issues ranging from national security to agency rulemaking to constitutional rights. He has shown a deep commitment to the separation of powers and to both the First and Second Amendment. He will be a strong, principled voice on the Supreme Court. (senate.gov)

Likely No Margaret Hassan (July 9, 2018): I am concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s commitment to the rights of all Americans given President Trump’s assurance that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by his nominees to the Court, coupled with the fact that this nominee came from a list of candidates developed with groups funded by corporate special interests. In the coming days, Judge Kavanaugh must be clear about how he views the importance of legal precedent and straightforward in his answers about past cases involving women’s reproductive rights, health care, the environment, LGBTQ equality, and the civil rights of all Americans. Senator McConnell has made it clear that he will break his own precedent and bring the nominee to the floor for a vote before the election, and I will therefore thoroughly review Judge Kavanaugh’s record and responses throughout the nomination process. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Charles E. Grassley (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he's served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate's consideration. As we have always done when reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee's background and qualifications followed by hearings where we'll hear directly from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility. (senate.gov)

Definitely Yes Lindsey Graham (July 9, 2018): Brett #Kavanaugh will be an outstanding Justice on the Supreme Court. I also want to congratulate President @realDonaldTrump on this great choice. What a great night for the American people! (Twitter)

Unknown Cory Gardner (July 9, 2018): I look forward to meeting soon with Judge Kavanaugh. Over the coming weeks I will review his judicial record while also ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh will approach each case on its merits and follow the law as it is written. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will thoughtfully and thoroughly review this individual during the confirmation process and carefully consider him rather than making a knee-jerk decision based on politics and nothing else. (Twitter)

Unknown Jeff Flake (July 9, 2018): As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record throughout the confirmation process. (senate.gov)

Unknown Deb Fischer (July 9, 2018): It was a privilege to be at the White House this evening when President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As the Senate begins the confirmation process, I will be thoroughly reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s record and I look forward to visiting with him in person. (senate.gov)

Likely No Dianne Feinstein (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh's views are far outside the mainstream when it comes to health care, executive power, privacy and gun safety. We need a nominee who understands that the court must protect the rights of all Americans, not just political interest groups and the powerful. #SCOTUS President Trump has been crystal clear about his litmus tests. He said that any #SCOTUS nominee would oppose gun safety laws and Roe v. Wade would be overturned ‘automatically.' #WhatsAtStake Brett Kavanaugh appears to meet all of President Trump’s political promises for how his candidate will rule. Kavanaugh’s record both on the bench and as a Republican operative indicate that he would be among the most conservative justices in Supreme Court history. #SCOTUS (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Joni Ernst (July 9, 2018): Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a highly-qualified, well-respected justice committed to the rule of law. He deserves a respectful and timely confirmation and I stand ready to offer advice and consent to Judge Kavanaugh as he moves through the confirmation process. With Iowa’s Sr. Sen., Chuck Grassley, as Chair of the Judiciary Committee, we have a phenomenal leader overseeing the process to make sure it is smooth & timely. I look forward to the opportunity to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor, Judge Kavanaugh, to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Twitter)

Definitely No Richard J. Durbin (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh is a judge who consistently favors big business and undermines protections for consumers, workers, women, and the environment. Replacing Justice Kennedy's swing vote with a far-right jurist like Judge Kavanaugh could change the rules in America. Just as troubling, in light of the ongoing Russia investigation, Judge Kavanaugh has expressed staunch opposition to criminal investigations of sitting Presidents. With a subservient Republican Congress and a far-right Supreme Court, there is a real risk that the worst impulses of the Trump presidency will go unchecked. The stakes for this nomination are historic. (Twitter)

Likely No Tammy Duckworth (July 9, 2018): The newfound urgency to fill Justice Kennedy’s Supreme Court seat from many of the same people who refused to even consider President Obama’s nominee is transparent opportunism that represents everything Americans hate most about politics today. We can’t ignore the reality that Donald Trump wants to take us back to a time when insurers could refuse coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or that he promised to only nominate Justices who would put the government back in between women and their doctors. If he succeeds, it won’t only affect people like me who could be prevented from having children through IVF; the impacts will be felt by everyone. Whoever replaces Justice Kennedy will play a critical role in the lives of all women and every single American. Moving forward, I will thoroughly review Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings, evaluate his qualifications and look for him to make it clear to the American public that he would be independent, not simply a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s whims, if he hopes to earn my support. (Facebook)

Likely Yes Steve Daines (July 9, 2018): As a United States Senator, confirming a Supreme Court justice is one of the most consequential votes I will take. Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive background and excellent experience. I look forward to meeting with the nominee and reviewing his judicial record to ensure we are putting the most qualified justice on the highest court to defend the United States Constitution. (senate.gov)

Definitely Yes Ted Cruz (July 9, 2018): By any measure, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected federal judges in the country and I look forward to supporting his nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. For over a decade, Judge Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often referred to as the second highest court in the land. He has over 300 published opinions, with a strong record of defending the Second Amendment, safeguarding the separation of powers, reining in the unchecked power of federal agencies, and preserving our precious religious liberties. Senate Democrats, sadly, will try to demagogue this nomination, but their efforts will not be successful. I am confident that the Senate will take up his nomination quickly, and I fully expect that he will be confirmed before the first Monday in October, the beginning of the Supreme Court's Term. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to his confirmation hearing, where Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to demonstrate to the American people that he will uphold the rule of law and interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning. (senate.gov)

Unknown Michael D. Crapo (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh has a strong background of legal experience and knowledge and I congratulate him on this high honor. I take seriously my constitutional responsibility to thoroughly review this nomination. As that review is conducted, I have long said that judges at every level of our judicial system must look first and foremost to the Constitution for guidance in all legal matters and interpret it as it is written. Judges must not engage in creating new law by judicial activism from the bench. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh once the confirmation process moves forward. (senate.gov)

Unknown Catherine Cortez Masto (July 9, 2018): 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. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Charles E. Schumer (July 9, 2018): The Senate has come together on a bipartisan basis to protect women’s reproductive rights and to protect health care for millions of Americans before – including those with pre-existing conditions. We need to do it again. I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Bill Cassidy (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh—solid pick. President Trump kept his promise, nominating a conservative faithful to the Constitution as written, recognized as having an excellent legal mind. We the Senate have the responsibility to examine his experience and temperament. I’ll meet with him, others will too, we’ll review his record, then vote on his confirmation. But based on his resume, his reputation, I suspect he’ll be confirmed. (senate.gov)

Likely No Christopher A. Coons (July 9, 2018): While Judge Kavanaugh has strong legal credentials...I'm concerned about the type of justice he would be on the Supreme Court. As a Senator, and in particular, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will do my job in the coming weeks and months. I will meet with Judge Kavanaugh, thoroughly review his extensive record, and ask him direct, hard questions in both public and private settings. I will also do my best to make as clear as possible to the people of Delaware and the nation as a whole what it would mean to have Judge Kavanaugh on the highest court in the land. The American people deserve to know whether Judge Kavanaugh will act to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, sharply restrict access to abortion, further roll back worker's rights and environmental protections, expand the corrosive role of money in our politics, reverse the historic progress we've made for LGBTQ rights, and more. (Twitter)

Definitely No Thomas R. Carper (July 9, 2018): Unlike in the case of Merrick Garland, Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme record over the last 12 years stands in stark contrast to what the majority of the American people want. Overwhelmingly, the American people support protections for those living with pre-existing conditions. They support women having the freedom to make their own health care decisions and the freedom for people to marry the person they love. They support the right to privacy and equal access to the voting booth. They support independent checks on executive power. I have yet to meet a Delawarean who doesn’t want to ensure that their family can breathe clean air and drink clean water. With the stakes so high and Americans’ stances on these critical issues so clear, I say without hesitation: bring on the fight. (senate.gov)

Definitely No Benjamin L. Cardin (July 9, 2018): To that end, Judge Kavanaugh, like the others under public consideration, was picked by President Trump off a list of judges pre-approved by right-wing advocacy groups for their willingness to turn back the clock on civil rights and civil liberties, reproductive choice, equality, the Affordable Care Act, clean air and clean water, and protection from the abuses of corporate and political power, including the President of the United States. Most recently, Judge Kavanaugh argued that a young undocumented woman should not have access to an abortion even though she already met the strictest of requirements laid out by Texas law. And her argued in a dissent for Priests for Life v. HHS that the Affordable Care Act's religious accommodation to the contraceptive-coverage policy makes employers 'complicit in facilitating contraception or abortion.' I am also gravely concerned that Judge Kavanaugh would undermine the rule of law and allow unchecked abuse of presidential power by deferring criminal investigations and prosecutions of presidential misconduct until after President Trump leaves offices [sic]. The Supreme Court was designed as an independent check and balance against both the executive and legislative branches of government. It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Shelley Moore Capito (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh has served with distinction as a federal appeals court judge, a senior advisor to President George W. Bush, and a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy. Throughout his service, Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated a strong commitment to the rule of law and to carefully considering the text and history of the Constitution, making him an ideal choice to be the next Supreme Court justice. Judge Kavanaugh has a particularly strong record of policing the separation of powers, seeking to ensure that lawmaking remains the prerogative of elected members of Congress. I think President Trump made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh. I look forward to meeting with him and remaining engaged and supportive of him during the confirmation process. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Richard M. Burr (July 9, 2018): In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put forth a highly qualified and respected candidate committed to the rule of law. Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials are impeccable, and as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit he has considered many of the most pressing legal questions of our time. The Senate’s Constitutional charge is to provide its advice and consent to the President on his nominee to fill this vacancy. I am confident we will fulfill that responsibility fairly and promptly to ensure a complete and qualified Supreme Court. (senate.gov)

Unknown Rand Paul (July 9, 2018): I look forward to the upcoming hearings, reviewing the record, and meeting personally with Judge Kavanaugh, with an open mind. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Mike Lee (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is a well-respected jurist who deservedly received bipartisan support when confirmed to the D.C. Circuit in 2006. I know him to be a smart and fair judge, one of the most admired appellate judges in the country. #SCOTUS #SCOTUSpick I look forward to the process in the Senate, getting to know Judge Kavanaugh and his family better in coming months, and, hopefully, voting to confirm him to the Supreme Court in the fall. #SCOTUS #SCOTUSpick (Twitter)

Likely Yes John Thune (July 9, 2018): I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh's judicial career has demonstrated his commitment to impartiality and faithful application of the Constitution. I look forward to sitting down with Judge Kavanaugh as we go through the confirmation process. Senate Democrats have already made it clear that they intend to listen to the far left of their party and fight this nominee regardless of his credentials. I encourage all of my colleagues to carefully review the qualifications of this nominee instead of trying to solicit his opinions on political issues, and to remember that the responsibility of a Supreme Court justice is to interpret the laws as written, not substitute political opinions for the law. (Twitter)

Likely Yes Ben Sasse (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh is a serious jurist known for careful deliberation. This doesn’t matter to many on the left. Sadly, the #Resistance is going to try to bork him by portraying him as a cross between Lex Luthor and Darth Vader. This isn’t the apocalypse – this is an opportunity to thoroughly review Kavanaugh’s record, debate this seriously, and celebrate our system of checks, balances, and limited government. (senate.gov)

Likely No Sherrod Brown (July 9, 2018): I'm already very troubled by the Supreme Court's recent decisions stripping rights from Ohioans, and I have serious concerns about some of Judge Kavanaugh's rulings against women's rights and consumer rights. I plan to review Judge Kavanaugh's record thoroughly and ask him tough questions face-to-face before I make my decision. I will not support any Justice who would take rights away from Ohioans. -SB (Twitter)

Unknown Bill Nelson (July 9, 2018): I look forward to meeting with the president's nominee in the coming weeks to discuss his views on several important issues such as protecting women's rights, guaranteeing access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions and protecting the right to vote, just to name a few. I will make my decision after that. (Tampa Bay Times)

Likely Yes Marco Rubio (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh is a qualified, mainstream jurist who possesses the right temperament and experience for the position, and I'm pleased to see his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. My decision on whether to ultimately support Kavanaugh's nomination will be based on his commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court is a 'trier of law' appellate court and not a 'trier of fact' trial court. (Tampa Bay Times)

Likely Yes John Boozman (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is a distinguished jurist whose extensive experience and respect within the legal community make him uniquely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. He has had an impressive legal career that the Senate recognized by confirming him with bipartisan support to the federal bench. I encourage my colleagues to thoroughly consider this nomination. I look forward to a fair confirmation process and hearing more from Judge Kavanaugh about his judicial philosophy. (Twitter)

Likely Yes Roy Blunt (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is a highly qualified nominee with an outstanding legal background. I look forward to learning more about his judicial record and talking with him about his judicial philosophy as the confirmation process moves forward. (Twitter)

Definitely No Richard Blumenthal (July 9, 2018): I'm voting no. (Twitter)

Likely No Michael Bennet (July 9, 2018): When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I urged the President to appoint a consensus nominee who could earn broad bipartisan support in the Senate and the confidence of the American people. Instead, he chose a nominee whose ideology would shift the Court's majority, thereby threatening fundamental rights and failing to check executive power. As a result, I have grave concerns about this nomination. (Twitter)

Likely Yes John Barrasso (July 9, 2018): The job of any judge – and certainly any Supreme Court justice – is to apply the law, not rewrite it. Judge Kavanaugh has the intellect, character and temperament to be an outstanding justice of the Supreme Court. I look forward to meeting him, following the confirmation hearings and learning more about his past decisions. (senate.gov)

Unknown Tammy Baldwin (July 9, 2018): People need an independent justice who will not overturn the law of the land on women’s health, health care for people with pre-existing conditions, and the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans. The stakes are very high for the American people and these are the things that I will be looking for as I review the nomination. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Lamar Alexander (July 9, 2018): The president has nominated a well-qualified jurist. Unfortunately, the Senate has gotten into a bad habit of treating good people as 'innocent until nominated.' Instead, I hope this confirmation process will be conducted with dignity and respect so that we may learn more about Judge Kavanaugh's character, temperament and attitudes. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes John McCain (July 9, 2018): In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by Justice Kennedy, President Trump has chosen a nominee with impeccable credentials and a strong record of upholding the Constitution. Over the course of Judge Kavanaugh's impressive legal career, he has built a reputation as a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers. One of the Senate's highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process. (senate.gov)

Unknown Tim Kaine (July 9, 2018): Here's what I'm wondering about the #SCOTUSpick: Will Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings to uphold the ACA? Will he safeguard ALL Americans' civil rights? Will he protect women's freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions? Will he be independent of this President? (Twitter)

Definitely No Kirsten E. Gillibrand (July 9, 2018): I stand by my pledge to vote no on President Trump’s nominee, because the American people deserve the opportunity to make their voices heard in November about this lifetime appointment. (Twitter)

Unknown Joe Donnelly (July 9, 2018): As I have said, part of my job as Senator includes thoroughly considering judicial nominations, including to the Supreme Court. I will take the same approach as I have previously for a Supreme Court vacancy. Following the president's announcement, I will carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Twitter)

Unknown Heidi Heitkamp (July 9, 2018): Now I'll get to work to thoroughly review and vet his record to provide advice and consent for filling this vacancy, which is part of my constitutional duty. I take this job incredibly seriously and I expect the nominee to meet with senators, have a hearing, and receive a comprehensive review of his record. As an attorney and former attorney general, I understand the importance of this position for our judicial system and our country. I have no doubt that many members of Congress and outside groups will announce how they stand on the nominee before doing their due diligence and instead just take a partisan stance -- but that isn't how I work. An exhaustive and fair process took place for Justice Gorsuh, who I supported, and it should and must take place again now. (Twitter)

Unknown Jon Tester (July 9, 2018): I take my Constitutional duty to screen the President’s nominees very seriously, and in the coming weeks I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. Montanans have a lot on the line with this next Supreme Court Justice so I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what’s best for this nation. (senate.gov)

Definitely Yes John Cornyn (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally-qualified jurist who will be a fair and impartial arbiter of the law and will not legislate from the bench. Throughout his tenure, Judge Kavanaugh has served with a high moral standard and demonstrated a clear commitment to faithfully intepreting the Constitution. (Twitter)

Definitely No Edward J. Markey (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh is a right-wing ideologue selected off the ultra-conservative Federalist Society’s judicial wish list. His record on important issues portends a rubber stamp for an agenda that would move us backwards as a country. The Senate must reject this nominee. #SCOTUSPick (Twitter)

Definitely No Elizabeth Warren (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh's record as a judge and lawyer is clear: hostile to health care for millions, opposed to the CFPB & corporate accountability, thinks Presidents like Trump are above the law – and conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade. I'll be voting no. (Twitter)

Definitely Yes Mitch McConnell (July 9, 2018): President Trump has made a superb choice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive nominee who is extremely well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. (senate.gov)

Unknown Doug Jones (July 9, 2018): Tonight's announcement is only a first step. A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh’s body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility—which I take very seriously. I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review. (Twitter)

Definitely No Jeff Merkley (July 9, 2018): Here is #WhatsAtStake, and these are no longer wild hypotheticals; these are REAL and IMMINENT threats to our nation. Americans must rise up and make sure their Senators know that they oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. (Twitter)

Definitely No Kamala Harris (July 9, 2018): Brett Kavanaugh represents a fundamental threat to the promise of justice and equality, which is why I am announcing that I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court. (Email to supporters)

Unknown Susan Collins (July 9, 2018): Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience... I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court Justices whom I have considered. (CNN)

Definitely No Cory Booker (July 9, 2018): The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is enormously concerning and I’m strongly opposed to it. (senate.gov)

Likely Yes Bob Corker (July 9, 2018): The Supreme Court plays a crucial role in our democracy, and the process of advice and consent on presidential nominations is one of the most serious responsibilities we have as United States senators. For more than 12 years, Judge Kavanaugh has served honorably on the federal bench, hearing critical cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a well-respected jurist who understands the importance of upholding the Constitution and applying the law in a fair and independent manner. I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh during the confirmation process. (senate.gov)