Senate Confirms Trump Nominee with Questionable Gun Record Despite Majority of Republicans Voting No

Senate Confirms Trump Nominee with Questionable Gun Record Despite Majority of Republicans Voting No

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein / Getty Images Mark Bennett was confirmed to the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday despite a majority of Republican senators voting against his nomination over concerns with his record on gun rights. In a vote of 72 to 27, the Senate confirmed Bennett. Twenty-three Republicans voted for Bennett while 27 voted against him. All 49 Democrats in the Senate voted for Bennett’s nomination. Questions about Bennett’s record were first raised during hearings in the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) described the record of the former Republican attorney general of Hawaii as "troubling." "He was an aggressive advocate, as attorney general, for gay marriage. He was an aggressive advocate demonstrating hostility to the First Amendment and political speech," Cruz said in a committee meeting on Thursday . "Most significantly, he has been an aggressive advocate for undermining the Second Amendment." Cruz said he was particularly concerned by Bennett’s involvement with an amicus brief in the Heller case arguing that the Second Amendment was only intended to protect state militias from federal interference and should not apply to state laws. In Heller v. D.C. , the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. In McDonald v. Chicago , the Court explicitly rejected the argument made in the brief Bennett signed on to by extending its conclusions in Heller to the states. During his hearing, Bennett told the committee that he […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.