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Thursday, March 23, 2017

AFSCME Opposes Neil Gorsuch for Appointment to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch for appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

“Before receiving a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch needed to answer fundamental questions, both about his past record and about how he would apply the law as a Justice on the highest court in the land. On both accounts, Judge Gorsuch has come up short.

“Judge Gorsuch has failed to demonstrate and give fundamental assurances that he would be an independent voice on the Court who will use the Constitution to protect the rights of everyone, not just the wealthy and powerful. He failed to adequately address a troubling record of ruling against everyday working people, instead siding with employers, corporations and Wall Street despite often blatant and draconian violations of basic worker rights, safety and consumer protections. It is clear that he believes corporations are people and his judicial philosophy would likely further tilt the scales of justice against working families.

“At a time when the country is facing deep divisions, the American people cannot afford to confirm a nominee to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court if that nominee’s commitment to the Constitution’s guarantee of equality under the law is shrouded in doubt. We urge the U.S. Senate to oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.”

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