Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:
"Mitch McConnell defied history by blocking President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court for almost a year, and his unprecedented move has now paid off with President Trump's nomination of an extreme right-wing ideologue.
"Judge Neil Gorsuch's radical views on federal regulations fly in the face of long-standing Supreme Court precedent and will undermine crucial consumer protections, environmental protections, and labor safety protections. He sided with corporations in the Hobby Lobby decision defining them as people, giving corporations the right to deny women birth control in the name of religious belief. He has publicly attacked everyday Americans for seeking access to our nation’s courts to protect and support their individual rights. His rulings supporting the use of excessive force by law enforcement will be a step-back in our nation’s effort to reform the criminal justice system. And he has consistently sided with corporations and their interests while quashing the ability of employees to protect their rights in the workplace.
"If Mitch McConnell wanted to replace the late Justice Scalia with someone with equally or even more extreme views, he’s getting the pick he wanted. Judge Gorsuch’s far-right views fall so far outside the mainstream that he should not be confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court."