Senator Collins on Judges

Health Care

 She said: The ACA “has allowed millions of individuals and families to obtain health insurance for the first time. It has also brought important patient protections like those for people with pre-existing conditions and prohibitions on annual and lifetime limits and on insurance payments for needed care.” Source

  She voted for 12 out of 15 of the judges with the worst records on health care.*  

LGBTQ Rights

 She said: “A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision. Remaining silent on some of the biggest civil rights issues of our generation, even after the voters have spoken, isn’t leadership, and it isn’t how Maine became one of the most inclusive states in the country for LGBT rights.” Source

  She voted for 11 out of 15 of the judges with the worst records on LGBTQ rights.  

Reproductive Health Care

 She said: “I would not support a [Supreme Court] nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law.” Source

  She voted for 11 out of 15 of the judges with the worst records on reproductive health care.

Worker & Consumer Rights

 She said: “Senator Collins believes that putting people back to work is the key to improving our economic recovery and should remain our number one goal.”  Source

  She voted for 13 out of 15 of the judges with the worst records on worker & consumer rights.

Environment

 She said: In Maine, our economy is inextricably linked to the environment. Our state, which is situated at the end of the nation’s air pollution tailpipe, has made substantial progress in reducing harmful emissions by increasing energy efficiency, adopting clean energy technologies, and improving air quality and public health. Climate change is a significant risk that threatens Maine’s working forests, fishing, and agricultural industries, as well as tourism and recreation and our coastal communities. Source

  She voted for 14 out of 15 of the judges with the worst records on the environment.  

Voting Rights

 She said:  “It was an honor to pay tribute to Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, at his 80th birthday celebration in the U.S. Capitol today. In 2015, I traveled with John and other members to Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.” Source

She voted for 13 out of 15 of the judges with the worst records on the voting rights.  

*The Senator voted for Justin Walker’s confirmation to the Western District of Kentucky. She voted against his nomination to the D.C. Circuit.