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A 2017 report from the Center for Public Integrity said that at least six of the nine justices were millionaires, with Justice Stephen Breyer reporting a minimum net worth of $6.15 million in 2016 and Chief Justice John Roberts a minimum reportable net worth of more than $5 million.
Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh, questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.
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"Judge Kavanaugh's record shows a deep respect for and strict interpretation of the Constitution", said Sen.
"Having seen first-hand how complex and hard that job is, I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", he wrote.More news: Chelsea officially dismiss Conte with Sarri waiting in the wings
"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require", President Donald J. Trump said in a prime-time speech last evening.
Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump's nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats.
Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.
GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections.
They believe Kavanaugh, who would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, will mean overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide, eroding the rights of the LGBTQ community and weakening gun laws.
Democrats in turn hope to peel off some Republicans including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and/or Susan Collins of ME, two senators who support abortion rights and have split with their party before on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Federal circuit judges make about $220,000 annually, and Kavanaugh also earned $27,000 from teaching at Harvard Law School a year ago. As liberal groups focus on Collins and Murkowski, conservatives are targeting Donnelly, Doug Jones of Alabama, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Republicans hold a slim, one-seat Senate majority, and a party-line vote would lead to Kavanaugh's confirmation by the narrowest of margins.