RETIREMENT OF JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 108
(Senate - June 27, 2018)

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  Mr. UDALL. Mr. President, today, Justice Kennedy has announced he is 
retiring. I had some very strong disagreements with his rulings, 
especially on campaign finance reform, but I thank him for his service. 
He was a thoughtful Justice. I am very concerned with the process to 
replace him.

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The majority leader is trying to eliminate advice and consent from the 
process. We should wait until after the upcoming election. That will be 
a shorter time than Leader McConnell waited in 2016, the last election 
  I am very concerned with the President's process. He is picking from 
an ideological list, with a history of personally attacking judges he 
disagrees with, while demanding loyalty from his appointees. At the 
same time, this administration is undermining due process across the 
board--along the border, for minority races or religions, for a woman's 
right to choose.
  The Constitution requires a real advice-and-consent process. The 
majority leader needs to ensure one. If the McConnell rule was in place 
in the 2016 election year, it should be in place for 2018.
  Given the President's attacks on due process and rule of law, we 
should let the people speak before we consider his next Supreme Court 
  Mr. President, I yield the floor.
  I suggest the absence of a quorum.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Tillis). The clerk will call the roll.
  The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.
  Mr. MORAN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for 
the quorum call be rescinded.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.