uly 9, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; At the White House, Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by President Donald Trump for the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Local Politicians React to Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

"There's a real risk the worst impulses of the Trump presidency will go unchecked."

July 10, 2018 - 10:36 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - "There's a real risk the worst impulses of the Trump presidency will go unchecked."

That’s part of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin's reaction to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. The member of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Kavanaugh consistently favors big business and undermines protections for consumers, workers, women and the environment. Durbin is also troubled by Kavanaugh's opposition to criminal investigations of sitting presidents.

Illinois' Junior Senator, Tammy Duckworth, says she hopes Kavanaugh will make it clear to the American public that he is not just a rubber stamp for President Trump.

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Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill issued a statement saying she looks forward to thoroughly examining Kavanaugh's record in the coming weeks, and Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt calls Kavanaugh a highly-qualified nominee with an outstanding legal background, saying he wants to learn more about his judicial philosophy as the confirmation process moves forward.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued the following statement following Trump’s announcement: 

“Thanks to President Trump, America is one step closer to a Supreme Court that reflects our values. The Senate should move swiftly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh who is eminently qualified and a proven conservative. The Supreme Court should interpret the law, not make the law. This is an enormous opportunity to make lasting change for our next generation.”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says Kavanaugh is highly experienced and well-qualified.

Rauner reminds those worried about a Roe v. Wade showdown that last year he signed a bill protecting abortion rights in Illinois, regardless of what happens at the federal level.