WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) issued the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next United States Supreme Court Justice:

“The Supreme Court must defend and interpret the Constitution as it is written, guaranteeing equal justice under the law for all Americans, as our forefathers intended the independent judicial branch to do. I applaud President Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a staunch defender of the Constitution, to serve on the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Kavanaugh will protect our individual liberties, safeguard our freedoms from government overreach, and uphold the rule of law upon which our nation was founded" said Congressman Rice. "In nominating Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump again fulfilled his promise to appoint Supreme Court Justices that have an unwavering commitment to protecting our Constitutional rights and interpreting our laws as they are written. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly confirm this highly qualified nominee.”