Menendez warns what's at stake with Trump's SCOTUS nominee

Kim Glovas
July 09, 2018 - 2:45 pm
Bob Menendez

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — One of New Jersey's top Democratic lawmakers is warning the public about the perils of President Donald Trump's possible nominees to the Supreme Court. 

Sen. Robert Menendez spoke about health care while in Camden Monday, as well as the future battle over the president's Supreme Court nominee. 

Although Trump's nominee is still unknown, Menendez believes he or she will work to undermine the Affordable Care Act, essentially turning back the hands of time.

"It's only going to get worse if the president takes us back to a day when insurance companies denied coverage for pre-existing conditions," he said, "and women were denied the right to reproductive health care."

The senator said Trump's short list of nominees was pre-approved by groups like The Heritage Foundation, which Menendez said has views far outside the mainstream of most Americans. 

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey voiced similar opinions on Twitter, saying he will oppose whoever Trump nominates "because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests."

Casey noted there are more than 700 sitting federal judges in the country, but the ones before Trump are designed to do the "the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind."

Menendez added that the list of four nominees is a far cry from representing the hearts and minds of the American people. He said each of them are on a crusade to roll back reproductive rights for women.

"If this person gets confirmed, that will change the court — five to four — for a generation, and that's a long time of bad decisions," he said. "That's what's at stake. The stakes have never been higher."

Trump is expected to announce his SCOTUS pick Monday at 9 p.m.