Prior to his affirmation vote, McConnell touted Walker’s his authorized credentials in addition to is Kentucky roots.
“When the Senate confirms Judge Walker to this vacancy, we will not just be promoting a widely-admired legal expert and proven judge to a role for which he is obviously qualified,” McConnell stated. “We’ll also be adding to a time-honored tradition of finding men and women from all across the country to help ensure that this enormously consequential bench here in our nation’s capital is refreshed with talent from all parts of America.”
Senate Republicans and the conservative authorized neighborhood lauded Trump’s determination to nominate Walker, who beforehand clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and for Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was on the D.C. Circuit. Walker additionally fiercely defended Kavanaugh throughout his contentious Supreme Court affirmation.
But Senate Democrats criticized the alternative, describing Walker as unqualified and voicing considerations about his views of the Affordable Care Act, significantly amid a pandemic. Prior to turning into a federal decide, Walker wrote that the Supreme Court’s determination to uphold the ACA was “indefensible.”
“I’d like Leader McConnell to go home to Kentucky and tell the citizens of Kentucky why he nominated someone who wants to repeal our health care law when the Covid crisis is hurting people there as it is everywhere else,” stated Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “In the middle of a national public health crisis, the Republican Senate majority is poised to confirm a judge who opposes our country’s health care law.”
Democrats additionally questioned whether or not Walker might be goal as a decide given his remarks at his investiture. In a speech, Walker addressed Kavanaugh’s critics and vowed to “not surrender while you wage war on our work.”
Collins, who voted for Walker’s nomination to be district decide, cited these remarks as the purpose for her opposition for his nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“His ideological comments … against those who hold views that are different from his own prevent me from supporting his elevation to the second highest court in the land,” Collins, who’s going through reelection this 12 months, stated Wednesday.
The Senate beforehand confirmed Walker as a district decide for the Western District of Kentucky in October, alongside occasion strains in a 50-41 vote.