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Mass. Congressional Delegation Comes Out Against Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh

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Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are coming out against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh is a federal Appeals Court judge and has taught at Harvard Law School for 10 years.

Both Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey say they are against Kavanaugh's nomination. They're calling on their colleagues to reject him as well.

Warren told MSNBC she is concerned that Kavanaugh's nomination could lead to social and health changes, including a reversal on access to abortion.

"He's got someone who will be committed to overturning Roe vs. Wade," she said. "Someone who will be committed to overturning healthcare to millions of Americans and someone who it looks pretty likely with help Donald Trump if he gets into serious criminal trouble."

Markey says Kavanaugh is a "a right-wing ideologue" who opposes consumer and environmental protections.

On the House side, Congressman Michael Capuano is urging the Senate not to rush hearings for Kavanaugh's appointment. He says adding a conservative justice could reshape the country for generations.

Congresswoman Katherine Clark says the country needs a justice who will defend freedoms, "not erode them," while Congressman Seth Moulton says Kavanaugh's nomination risks creating a partisan court system that would jeopardize the federal government's system of checks and balances.

Congressman Joe Kennedy claims that as a judge, Kavanaugh has tried to roll back issues including worker rights and gun control efforts.

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