|Rep. Ro Khanna|
President Donald Trump's nomination last week of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court will have debilitating consequence for the nation, Rep. Ro Khanna told India West.
"If the Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, our fragile democracy under this administration will crumble even further,” said. Khanna.
In the statement, Khanna also objected to some of Gorsuch's decisions regarding women's health issues while serving as a federal appellate judge in Colorado.
The bolstering of Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that views corporate campaign contributions as free speech, also concerns Khanna.
“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's opposition to Gorsuch follows a long string of vocal progressive statements that has colored his first month representing the 17th Congressional District.
Last month, Khanna slammed the pharmaceutical industry for its oversized influence over some members of Congress, while repeatedly espousing his long-standing pledge against accepting money from lobbyists and political action committees.
While the general reception to Khanna's early progressive agenda has been greeted warmly by many progressives in the East and South Bay, many are still wary of whether it will continue before casting him in anywhere near the same mold as his predecessor Mike Honda.