Senate confirms Trump’s judicial nominee who opposed Obamacare

Published in Politico

The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s controversial judicial nominee on Wednesday who supported a lawsuit challenging Obamacare.

In a 52-47 vote, the Senate approved Chad Readler’s nomination to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined Democrats to vote against the nominee.

In the lead-up to the vote, Senate Democrats framed Readler’s confirmation battle as a test for Republicans on whether they supported protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast Readler, who previously worked at the Justice Department and signed a brief that backed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.