Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was recently nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Supreme Court, has a history with money in politics that doesn’t sit well with Indian American first-term Congressman Ro Khanna.
The 17th Congressional District of California Democratic representative who has long touted his grassroots approach to politics and disdain for political action committees and lobbyists in the political system, believes the nomination could cause a significant change to the country.
“Decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court make a mark on our country, all the way down to the community level,” Khanna told India-West in an email.
Khanna cited a 2010 court ruling that stated corporations are people in the Citizens United decision that “opened up the floodgates of unrestricted money in our political system.”
The congressman, representing the California district that encompasses much of Silicon Valley, went on to urge the decision makers in the confirmation process to look into Gorsuch’s history of rulings.
“As the Senate begins the confirmation process for Judge Gorsuch, I hope they consider the values associated with his record of rulings on issues such as women’s health and abortion access, why he has a tendency to side with wealthy corporate interests and a belief that money in politics is a ‘fundamental right,’” Khanna added in his comments to India-West.
Khanna believes the country needs reformers in all branches of government who will reverse the corruption caused by the Citizens United decision, not a justice who will uphold decisions that will “rot our democracy.”
"If the Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, our fragile democracy under this administration will crumble even further,” he said. “In his career as a judge, Gorsuch issued a strict decision that indicates there is little hope for lessening the influence corruptive money has on our political system.”
Khanna added in a statement, “The court has granted too much power to the very wealthy; silencing the public from being true participators in our political process. This view, combined with Gorsuch's opposition of civil rights, including for LGBT people, and his rejection of a women's right to choose under Roe v. Wade, demonstrates he does not have the values that will move our democracy forward.”