WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of the Senate vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Amanda Ballantyne, National Director of Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, released the following statement:
“The Senate’s procedural vote today to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination takes us one step closer to risking the wellbeing and freedom of millions of people while ignoring the alarming sexual assault allegations against him. The Senate has chosen to neglect its duty to thoroughly weigh all allegations before a final vote on his nomination. The serious allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh, coupled with the belligerent demeanor and untruthfulness he displayed during his testimony, demonstrate unequivocally that he is unfit to serve on the highest court in the land. It’s also clear that if confirmed Kavanaugh will only serve Trump’s larger agenda by promoting policies that benefit large corporations, jeopardizing our Main Street economy, denying millions of families and women access to affordable health care, and allowing President Trump to wield unchecked power.
“There’s too much at stake to let this confirmation move forward, especially in light of the testimony of Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the truncated FBI investigation that failed to include interviews with either of them. Beyond this failure of due diligence, Judge Kavanaugh’s record should make senators wary of supporting a man who could further rig the system for big corporations, putting the backbone of our economy—small businesses—at risk. While some have hailed Kavanaugh’s pro-business record, the reality is that his decisions might serve the interests of big corporations, but they undermine the strength of Main Street businesses—from threats to the Affordable Care Act, which helps small business owners and their customers afford health care, to undermining workers’ rights, which weakens local economies. Small businesses don’t want a return to the Gilded Age, but with Kavanaugh by Trump’s side, our country is one step closer to just that.”
The Main Street Alliance works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues across the nation. Our advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.