Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanagh Sounds Like a Real Conservative — And Liberals Don’t Like It

To leftists’ consternation, President Donald Trump selected a man to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court who seems to be a true conservative committed to interpreting the U.S. Constitution, not making law.

Appointed by George W. Bush, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006. The pro-life judge votes to protect the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom.

In Priests for Life v. HHS, for example, he voted to block an Obamacare mandate that would force religious organizations to include contraceptives in employee health insurance plans. Judge Kavanaugh has argued that government schools that allow secular student clubs to use facilities after school must allow religious clubs to use them.

Like a good conservative, he opposes burdensome government regulation. Judge Kavanaugh ruled against the EPA’s attempt to impose emissions regulations without considering how much they would cost taxpayers.

Judge Kavanaugh also supports the Second Amendment. In Heller v. District of Columbia, the D.C. Circuit upheld the city’s ban on most semi-automatic rifles. In his dissent, Kavanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court already ruled that handguns, the “vast majority of which today are semi-automatic,” are protected by the Second Amendment.

In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down that decision. Years later, the D.C. Circuit Court blocked the city from enforcing a restrictive conceal-carry law.

Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the high court likely won’t be a quick process. The GOP wants the judge confirmed before November’s midterm elections. Two Republican senators might vote against him. But some Democrats might vote for him.

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