Tester Sides with Working Montanans, Opposes Gorsuch

Senator Tester is opposing Judge Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has a long history of siding with corporations over workers.

  • Gorsuch has argued against workers in a case imposing a Labor Department fine against a company that failed to adequately train a worker and caused his death.
  • Gorsuch dissented from a decision that allowed back pay for an employee whose wages were improperly reduced.
  • Gorsuch dissented from a decision against a company that fired a truck driver for not taking action that could very well have killed him, and he argued against a female UPS driver in a ruling that denied her the chance to prove sex discrimination on the job.
  • Gorsuch joined the majority in the original Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, arguing that for-profit corporations are people and have a right to exercise their religious beliefs under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. His ruling – narrowly upheld by the Supreme Court – meant that Hobby Lobby won the “freedom” to deny female employees birth control coverage. The last thing we need is a Supreme Court justice who believes that corporations are people with more rights than women.

Senator Tester released the following statement after announcing his opposition to President Trump’s nominee:

Judge Gorsuch is a smart man but that doesn’t make him right for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.  I cannot support a nominee who refuses to answer important questions.   With Judge Gorsuch on the bench, I am deeply concerned that dark money will continue to drown out the voices and votes of citizens, the Court will stand between women and their doctors, and the government will reach into the private lives of law-abiding Americans.  These are not Montana values, which is why I cannot support this nomination.

Thank you for standing with Montana workers, Senator Tester.

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