Opinion: Congress should vote quickly on Kavanaugh’s confirmation & on government funding
This week, the full Congress is back in Washington, D.C. after a long break in order to get back to work on behalf of the American people.
Right off the bat there are two issues that will color how voters make their decisions in the November midterm elections.
First, on Tuesday the Senate began hearings on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
All eyes are on Democrat Senators who are running for re-election in Republican leaning states, such as Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. A vote against Kavanaugh could be a death knell to their reelection chances.
The second issue with huge implications for the November elections? The looming October 1st government funding deadline that hangs over Congress.
President Trump has already threatened to veto any funding package that comes to his desk that does not improve border security and fund the wall on the U.S. / Mexico border.
Without a funding measure being passed and signed by the president by October 1, our government would shut down for the third time this year.
If Congress shuts down the government because members are unable to set aside their differences and make progress towards fixing our broken immigration system, both parties would face serious backlash in November.
Here’s the Bottom Line: let’s hope that members of Congress set politics aside, step up to the occasion and vote quickly on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh and to fund our government regardless of the political implications.
There’s no time to waste. The American people deserve a government that works.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations