Hidden motive behind Republican attempts to fast-track #Kavanaugh:
“Under the doctrine of separate sovereigns, federal & state govt are considered to be "separate sovereigns", so Double Jeopardy Clause does not apply to prosecution of the same crime by both fed and state courts”
Today, House Republicans are pushing #TaxScam2: their cynical scheme to make tax breaks for billionaires permanent – handing tens of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest 1 percent every year.
While Republicans enrich their wealthy donors, Democrats are fighting FOR THE PEOPLE:
*Lowering your health care costs and prescription drug prices
*Increasing your pay through strong economic growth by rebuilding America
*Cleaning up corruption to make Washington work for you
Wanted to share a little about the lawsuit that AG Hawley filed that would eliminate protections for preexisting conditions for millions of Americans, including kids like ours. Feel free to follow along. 1/
...suppress the testimony of a courageous American patriot who places her country before herself is criminal.
To pre-judge in the public space who is telling the truth and who is not, as a few of you have is derelict. Your efforts to impugn Professor...
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...Blasey Ford’s character with statements such as “...she’s mixed up...” pre-date Professor Anita Hill, almost 27 years ago. Yet, Professor Hill was afforded the due process of an FBI investigation. This is precedent. Meanwhile, Judge Kavanaugh is...
THREAD: 3 weeks ago I had emergency abdominal surgery. My gallbladder was rupturing. Not my fault, but if the current administration gets its way, insurance companies & others could discriminate against me for it. This is why we must #StopKavanaugh. This is #WhatsAtStake. (contd)
A family friend, 22 years old, recently suffered from a depressive episode. She attempted to take her own life and ended up in the hospital. Now she has a history of mental illness that, if not protected, could impact insurability. We must #StopKavanaugh. This is #WhatsAtStake.
My oldest niece is 12. When she was a baby, she had severe asthma. Her parents once woke at 3 AM to find her barely breathing. She is fine, but she has a preexisting condition that could make her uninsurable if the Trump administration gets its way. #WhatsAtStake#StopKavanaugh
In June of 2018, the Trump Administration said it would not defend the #ACA and actually AGREED in part with the plaintiffs, arguing that protections for people with #PreExistingConditions should be overturned.
1/5. As a life-long advocate for racial justice, equal rights under the law, and opportunity for all, I will #VoteNoOnKavanaugh and fight back against the Trump Administration’s every effort to turn back on the clock on civil rights. #WhatsAtStake
Please keep calling the senators in your states. But leave Collins' phone lines open for Mainers. She has pointed to out-of-state calls and TV ad purchases as evidence that it's not her constituents doing the calling. We know better. We need to remove all doubt. #NoKavanaugh
We don't want to give her any room to say Mainers aren't calling (which she has reportedly done). Trust us. We are fighting as if our future--and yours--depends on it. Because it does. We won't stop calling, emailing & showing up until the votes our cast. We know #WhatsAtStake.
IF declarations allege that Kavanaigh lied under oath, Senators have an obligation to determine whether he perjured himself before they vote on his confirmation. Would Republicans investigate a Democrat? In a heartbeat! And Democrats would agree.
So @SenateDems should put the charges in the Judiciary Committee Record, even if the result is “voted out of committee with a request for perjury in the minority report” and ask every Senator “did Kavanaugh lie and should you investigate that before voting on confirmation?”
Based on what I heard — and didn't hear — from Judge #Kavanaugh at his hearings, and having reviewed his writings and record as a judge, I believe any reasonable person would have cause to be concerned, even fearful, of his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
I will vote no.
My decision is based on:
1) his judicial track record 2) his equivocation on whether presidents should be investigated while in office, even though he investigated President Bill Clinton for Independent Counsel Ken Starr, and 3) what little we have seen of his White House record
Further, this whole process has been outrageous.
My request to meet with Judge #Kavanaugh before the hearings began was denied by the White House. I joined @JudiciaryDems in requesting a modest postponement so I had adequate time to review his full record – that was also denied.
Here's a quick explainer thread on what happened, and where we go from here. (1/)
In Texas today, a judge heard arguments on the lawsuit brought by several GOP State AGs and the Trump Administration to declare the #ACA, including #PreExistingConditions protections, unconstitutional. That judge seemed prepared to do just that. (2/)
The American people are confronted with a #GOP Congress and Administration that are relentlessly ransacking the futures of American families and seniors, all to further enrich their lobbyist and special interest friends, big corporations and the wealthiest one percent. /1
Men have been accusing us of hysteria for hundreds of years for deigning to speak up for our rights. I have spent much of my adult life arguing against the hysterical label, explaining how sexist it is. At this point fuck it. Damn straight I'm hysterical #StopKanavaugh /1
I'm hysterical because this accusation has always been used to control women. We were burned at the stake for being witches, put in sanatoriums, had forced hysterectomies & oophorectomies, were sterilized, & we're too emotional to decide if we want an abortion #SaveRoe /2
I'm hysterical because our pleas were dismissed and ignored for the past 3 years. We were deemed dramatic, silly, and too focused on "women's issues" because we begged people to listen to our rational fears that Roe could be overturned #StopKavanaugh#WhatsAtStake /3
THREAD: Today, people around the country are fighting tooth and nail to block Kavanaugh from a lifetime seat. TODAY is your best chance to make your voice heard where you live, as part of a nationwide chorus.
A week ago I was tired and frustrated cause I was focusing on the wrong things. I was resisting but also thinking about things like why xyz didn't follow me or why they didn't RT me or do I make an impact
I took time to reflect and refocus. Here is what I learnt. /1
It's not about me stupid
It's about the children pulled away from families, 528 of whom are still not reunited and it is unclear if/when they will be reunited. #FamiliesBelongTogether#chi
It's #WhatsAtStake for women's rights, LGBTQ rights, voter rights, Roe v Wade, ACA, health care for pre-existing conditions, Medicaid...
In our meeting today, Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer even the most basic Qs ab his jurisprudence & judicial philosophy, especially re: women’s reproductive freedom, health care protections for ppl w/ pre-ex conditions, voting rights & presidential powers.
Let me explain:
Judge Kavanaugh refused to say whether or not he agreed Roe v Wade & Planned Parenthood v Casey were correctly decided or assure me he believed these cases should be left alone
That should send shivers down the spine of any American who believes in reproductive freedom for women
Judge Kavanaugh had a special obligation to make his views on this topic clear, given the president’s litmus test that he would only appoint justices who would overturn Roe. On that obligation, Judge Kavanaugh failed spectacularly. #WhatsAtStake
I’ve reviewed Kavanaugh’s record – it’s clear he won’t protect the Affordable Care Act, no matter the impact on women who rely on it. We cannot go back to the old days when women of color were charged more for insurance. #WhatsAtStake
I’m a mother. I’m an American with disabilities. I’m a woman of color. But I’m also a fighter, and I’m going to pour my heart into stopping the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh – a judge who’s already used his power to make it harder for women to access the care they need.