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Deb Haaland: "Kavanaugh's Confirmation Sends a Message to Women & Girls: You Don't Matter."


October 8, 2018

Albuquerque, NM -- Today, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. In response, New Mexico Congressional candidate Deb Haaland - likely to be the first Native American in Congress - released the following statement:

"Today’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was disappointing, with an impact that will reverberate for decades to come. In particular, Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation sends a clear message to women and girls: you don’t matter.

“The GOP has appointed a man who believes birth control is abortion and that abortion is illegal to the highest court in the land, an institution that is meant to protect and represent the freedoms of all people -- men, women, and children of every race, religion, and ethnicity. Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court will have devastating consequences for communities across the United States for decades to come.

"But we will not rest with this decision. Come November, a wave of fierce candidates are coming to Congress, bringing the fight against the long reign of privilege and power to Washington, D.C. I stand with women and all marginalized communities in our fight to restore dignity, fairness, and respect for all.”

Deb is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna. She grew up in a military family; her father was a 30-year combat Marine who was awarded the Silver Star Medal during Vietnam, and her mother is a Navy veteran who was a federal employee for 25 years in Indian education. Deb’s family moved throughout the country during her father’s military service; as a result, she attended 13 different public schools. She knows the sacrifices made by military families.

Deb is a single mother who volunteered at her daughter's pre-school in order to afford an early childhood education. Like so many New Mexicans, Deb had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent. She has been a small-business owner. Deb has lived paycheck-to-paycheck and struggled to put herself through college and law school — but she did it through hard work and determination. Like so many New Mexicans, both Deb and her daughter are still paying off student loans.

Deb is running for Congress because she’s lived the struggles of everyday New Mexicans. She understands their needs and is best equipped to be our families’ fiercest advocate in Congress. She will fight tirelessly to create opportunities and improve livelihoods for all New Mexicans.

Learn more about Deb and her campaign at


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