Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary

Abortion-rights group endorses Nadler in race to replace Conyers on Judiciary
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A top abortion-rights group is throwing its weight behind Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to replace former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses Hispanic Caucus dedicates Day of the Dead altar to migrants who died in US custody Today On Rising: The media beclowns themselves on Baghdadi MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) as the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
 
Conyers, after more than five decades on Capitol Hill, resigned on Tuesday in the midst of allegations that he’d sexually harassed former aides, sparking a competitive contest between Nadler and Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenGillibrand proposes creating new digital privacy agency GOP senator proposes overhauling federal agency to confront Big Tech What the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber MORE (D-Calif.) to fill his seat as ranking member of the Judiciary panel.  
 
NARAL Pro-Choice America sent a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall Malaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday making its case that, on issues of reproductive health, Nadler’s track record makes him the best pick. The group cited his aggressive work fighting abortion restrictions, including a 20-week abortion ban that passed the House in October, and his past sponsorship of the Freedom of Choice Act, which aimed to solidify women’s access to abortions.
 
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“For the entirety of his time in Congress, Rep. Nadler has worked tirelessly on behalf of women and families and has been a true leader in protecting women’s constitutional right to reproductive freedom,” NARAL President Ilyse Hogue wrote to Pelosi.
 
“In addition, Rep. Nadler has an incredible depth of knowledge, a true commitment to progressive values, and is a fearless leader—standing strong in the face of attempts to erode our constitutional rights.”
 
NARAL made no mention of Lofgren, who also has a long and consistent record of voting to protect abortion rights. Indeed, the contest is notable for pitting two popular House veterans — both from powerful states and boasting long histories championing liberal causes — against one another, foreshadowing a vote that’s likely to hinge largely on personalities and questions of seniority.
 
Nadler is the higher-ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, a powerful panel that holds jurisdiction over such consequential issues as immigration, law enforcement and impeachment. But a younger crop of up-and-coming Democrats, eager to rise through the ranks, has placed less of a premium on seniority than the longer-serving lawmakers in the caucus.
 
Pelosi, for her part, has a long history supporting the seniority system, with some notable exceptions, including the 2014 contest between Reps. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation Gillibrand proposes creating new digital privacy agency MORE (D-Calif.) for the top Democratic spot on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
 
Pelosi has not taken sides in the Nadler-Lofgren race, and a Democratic aide familiar with the contest said there's a sense among many within the caucus that they want to avoid the type of drag-out, public fight — complete with outside interests weighing in — that's accompanied similar votes in the past.
 
House Democrats are expected to vote on the Judiciary contest during the week of Dec. 18