September 05, 2018
WASHINGTON – Today, during the Senate Republican leadership press conference, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) underscored his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Blunt cited Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record and philosophy, both of which demonstrate his commitment to interpreting the law as it is written.
Following are Blunt’s Full Remarks:
“Well I think some of us intended to give Judge Kavanaugh comments on the floor today, but we apparently weren’t able to do that and allow the committee to stay in session as long as they need to so there’s no floor activity this afternoon and so some pent up interest in continuing to talk about Judge Kavanaugh.
“More paper produced than for the previous five nominees combined. There shouldn’t be a penalty for having a substantial public career. There also shouldn’t be a ridiculous standard for a career where one of his jobs was to be the highest person in the Bush administration who didn’t have an opinion, but was passing all the paper along, that got passed along. All that paper, obviously, should not be a part of this discussion.
“Three-hundred opinions, 13 of the them, really used by the Supreme Court as their final opinion on those cases. It would be hard to find a judge that had those kind of statistics, but in terms of characteristics, yesterday, I really appreciated his idea that the court is not divided by a center aisle, the judges don’t conference separately in groups and decide what they’re for. They all get together, they don’t come dressed in blue or red, but in black, and he said he’s a pro-law judge, and by that he went on to say that means my job is just to decide what the law says and what the Constitution says and apply it, and we would be lucky to have judges that have that philosophy.”