Senator Cantwell Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement, U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement:

“I thank Justice Kennedy for his many years of service to our nation and wish him and his family the best.

From protecting a woman’s right to choose and the rights of the LGBTQ community to defending labor rights, voting rights, and guarding against discrimination in all forms, Americans’ fundamental rights are at stake. We cannot afford to rush the confirmation process.

As a United States Senator, I take my constitutional responsibility to advise and consent very seriously. The American people deserve a thorough and deliberative vetting process for whomever the president nominates.”