Butterfield Statement on Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

Jan 31, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Donald Trump’s announcement tonight comes as a surprise to no one and is yet another blow to civil rights and justice for all.  I cannot stress enough that our fundamental liberties are at stake with there being crucial cases sitting before of the Supreme Court.  With the addition of conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to our highest court, I have serious questions on the future protections to women’s rights, environmental protections, voting rights, and workers’ rights.

“This pick is controversial and will have a lasting impact on generations to come.  Given Senate Republicans’ stonewalling of President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, a highly qualified jurist who drew universal praise, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to apply close scrutiny during the confirmation process.”