The landmark healthcare law has been the subject of a series of intense legal battles, and many observers expect more decisions on the ACA's future to make it to the Supreme Court during Kavanaugh's tenure.
"When should we as a society paternalistically decide that the participants in these sports and entertainment activities must be protected from themselves - that the risk of significant physical injury is simply too great even for eager and willing participants?" "We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed due to their proven hostility to civil rights".
With a short list of candidates already in hand, Trump has moved quickly to select his nominee, just 12 days after Kennedy announced his retirement. The Senate minority leader vows to fight Kavanaugh "with everything I've got". "But I wouldn't have a broad rule that you can't, you know, review anything against President Trump because he chose you".
Collins was equivocal when asked about Kavanaugh in the Capitol on Tuesday morning.
"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades".More news: Eight rescued Thai boys in good health, ask for chocolate bread
Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen. "The most important thing we can do".
In 1999, he wrote an amicus, or friend of the court, brief on behalf of two Republican members of Congress backing a Texas high school's decision to allow student-led prayers over the public address system at football games.
The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy.
And Kentucky Republican Sen.
All face tough re-election races this November in states Trump won easily in 2016. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself.More news: Some iOS users report that 11.4 update triggers excessive battery drain
Democrats are specifically targeting two pro-choice Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening. Richard Blumenthal of CT, another Democrat on the committee, said when asked if Democrats were simply trying to slow down the fight. Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, praised Kavanaugh as a buffer against "a growing assault on religious freedom" that he said developed during the Obama administration.
Former chief justices Aharon Barak and Dorit Beinisch fit that category and they had many followers on the court, the last of whom to retire this past year may have been Salim Joubran.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that the Senate must grill Kavanaugh on his views on civil rights and presidential powers.
McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.
Trump's bid to ban transgender people from the military has been challenged in lower courts.More news: Trump's longtime driver sues for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime
As how Kavanaugh would rule on the highest court, perhaps the most encouraging evidence comes from a speech he delivered a year ago to the American Enterprise Institute on the legal philosophy of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, whom he called "my first judicial hero". So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench.