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Kavanaugh Update

Confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court have wrapped up, and a final vote on his confirmation is expected next week. NCIL strongly opposes this nomination.

NCIL logo - National Council on Independent LivingThroughout last week’s hearings we saw protests inside and outside of the hearing room, arrests, arguments among Senators, and repeated requests from Democratic Senators to delay the confirmation process. The drama surrounding these hearings illustrates how many people have concerns about Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and we unequivocally share those concerns.

A review of Judge Kavanaugh’s past decisions on healthcare, self-determination, employment, education, civil rights, and voting rights (among others) have proven him to be dangerous for people with disabilities. We are thrilled that Liz Weintraub, the Association of University Centers on Disability’s Senior Advocacy Specialist, testified on Friday with a focus on Kavanaugh’s threats to people with disabilities, and particularly his decision in Doe v DC. You can view an uncaptioned video of the testimony or read a transcript. For more information on that decision and others, please refer to NCIL’s full statement of opposition.

Judge Kavanaugh will not protect our rights, and his appointment to the Supreme Court would pose major threats to our community for decades. If you live in a state with one of the below Senators, please call and tell them to Vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation:

  • Collins (R-ME)
  • Flake (R-AZ)
  • Heller (R-NV)
  • Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sullivan (R-AK)


  1. jeanne lexchel says:

    It’s really hard to understand how anyone can vote against people with disabilities.

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