WASHINGTON- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats upset about the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to channel that anger at the ballot box next month.
“We must not agonize, we must organize. People must vote. What is at stake in this election is nothing less than the health and financial security of families across America,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement on Sunday. “The new conservative majority on the Supreme Court threatens a rollback of protections for people with pre-existing conditions, more leverage for corporate special interests over working families, and little hope to reform Citizens United.”
In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission (FEC) that the First Amendment prohibits the government from placing restrictions on the amount of money corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations use for political activities so long as the activities are not coordinated by a party or candidate. Critics of the decision say it has given special interest groups more power over the political process.
Pelosi went to say she will file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for FBI documents related to the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
Democrats argue that the FBI report provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week was incomplete and that the White House hindered the Bureau’s investigation.
The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh on Saturday. Chief Justice John Roberts officially swore in Kavanaugh a short time after the vote. President Donald Trump will swear in Kavanaugh Monday evening in a ceremonial event at the White House.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Anti-Kavanaugh protests rocked Capitol Hill throughout the confirmation process.
Demonstrators interrupted hearings, blocked hallways, and participated in sit-ins in members’ offices.
Hundreds were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Polls suggest Democrats are in a good position to win the 23 seats needed to retake the House.
Polls suggest Democrats are unlikely to retake the Senate as many are up for re-election this year in states Trump won by double-digits.