Another one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees is moving toward confirmation.
Neomi Rao, who is set to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, earned the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The committee voted to move forward with Rao, pushing her confirmation battle to the Senate floor, where she must win the votes of a majority of senators.
Voting Along Party Lines
The Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 along party lines on Thursday, with only Republicans voting for Rao’s approval.
Democrats have criticized Rao, who is 45, for an op-ed she wrote in college wherein she said that “a good way to avoid a potential date rape is to stay reasonably sober.”
If a woman gets “to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice,” Rao wrote.
Dems have labeled this as victim-blaming, but Rao already had a target on her back: she currently serves as the head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Rao has been considered to be the brain behind Trump’s efforts to shred the abundance of government regulations currently in existence, moves that Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (CA) called “troubling and aggressive.”
But Rao ultimately didn’t need those Democrat votes to move her confirmation to the Senate floor.
She even earned the support of Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (MO), who early in Rao’s confirmation hearings suggested that Rao may not have held sufficiently conservative views on abortion.
Since Rao garnered a unanimous vote on the Republican side, her answers must have satisfied Hawley’s concerns.
Now it’s time for the rest of the Senate to do their job and put another Trump pick on the bench.