(July 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

“The fate of civil and voting rights, reproductive freedoms and worker protections all hang in the balance with this Supreme Court nominee,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “There’s too much at stake for Colorado in this fight. Democrats, unaffiliated voters and anyone who cares about the future of our democracy should be able to have a voice on this paramount decision. I urge Senators Bennet and Gardner to do anything they can to postpone this vote.” 

“We can’t allow a Supreme Court nominee handpicked by the far-right and special interests to determine the future of our country,” said Majority Leader Becker, D-Boulder. “Colorado cannot afford an anti-environment justice who could roll back protections for the air we breathe and of our public lands. We won’t back down now and urge our Senators to delay this vote.”

In June, Speaker Duran, Majority Leader Becker and Minority Leader Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo urged US Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to try to postpone a Senate vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court until at least January 2019, after the November elections.  

The letter quotes Sen. Gardner as saying in 2016, “Our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high. The American people deserve a role in this process as the next Supreme Court Justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.”

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