Susan Collins is fighting for her political survival. The liberals are out in force to unseat her in 2020 as payback for Kavanaugh.
They have already raised enormous sums of money, after the Kavanaugh vote, to defeat her and there is no official candidate yet.
So seen under those lights her decision to oppose Trump’s new judicial pick makes political sense. Plus, pre-existing conditions crushed the GOP in the midterms – they would be wise to understand Americans want pre-existing conditions covered before the 2020 election or the GOP may be in for a shock.
Nevertheless, Trump will not be pleased. From The Hill:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Tuesday that she will oppose a controversial circuit court pick by President Trump ahead of a vote this week.
Collins, the first Republican senator to announce their opposition to Chad Readler’s nomination for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said she was opposing the pick over his role in a case involving pre-existing conditions.
“Rather than defend the law and its protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions – such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease – Mr. Readler’s brief in Texas v. United States argued that they should be invalidated,” Collins said.
“Given Mr. Readler’s role in the government’s failure to defend provisions under current law that protect individuals with pre-existing conditions, I will oppose his confirmation to the bench,” Collins added.
Readler, who previously worked as an assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at the Department of Justice, filed a brief last year supporting a lawsuit filed by Texas and other states seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Collins added on Tuesday that she “strongly objected” to the Justice Department’s decision.
“In my view, the Justice Department’s severability argument is wrong and implausible. … I have continuously stressed the importance of protecting Americans who suffer from pre-existing conditions,” Collins said.
The Senate will hold a procedural vote on Readler’s nomination on Tuesday afternoon, where he’ll need only a simple majority to advance.
Democrats and their outside group allies have homed in on Readler’s nomination.