The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a "superb choice" in Kavanaugh and urged senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command".
Most Democrats would oppose a justice who promised to overturn Roe, and some Republicans have expressed concern at the possibility. "My assumption is once they voted for someone like Neil Gorsuch, it's not such a great leap to vote for one of these four who are in the pool being considered by the President". His prominent career led Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to comment about Kavanaugh, "From the notorious Starr report, to the Florida recount, to the President's secrecy and privilege claims, to post-9/11 legislative battles including the Victims Compensation Fund, to ideological judicial nomination fights, if there has been a partisan political fight that needed a very bright legal foot soldier in the last decade, Brett Kavanaugh was probably there".
Trump "did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail - nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights", the NY senator said. Kavanaugh has written about a need to free the executive branch from intrusive criminal investigations.
The confirmation marathon is expected to drag on for months, and no date has yet been set for hearings.
But that may be a tall order.
Opposition researchers, vetters and Senate staffers would have to comb through not just his 286 opinions as a judge, the most of any current judge under consideration, but also his papers at the National Archives, which would include his years in the Bush White House and his role in the Ken Starr investigation looking into President Clinton. Jon Kyl. He also met with Sen.
Mr Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight". A judge must interpret statutes as written.
Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.
Collins committed to "careful, thorough vetting" of Kavanaugh's record but her statement released in the wake of the announcement did not suggest how she would vote.
Kavanaugh may have additional relevance to Trump.
Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.
"I look forward to meeting with the president's nominee in the coming weeks to discuss his views on several important issues such as protecting women's rights, guaranteeing access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions and protecting the right to vote, just to name a few", Nelson said.
Democrats say the administration should let such families go until they must appear in court, and say keeping children and parents in custody for such offenses is cruel, even if they're together.
By fall, the nomination may turn on a handful of senators who will be under enormous pressure ahead of the midterm elections.
With roughly two dozen Democratic amendments in play, Republicans fired back with one of their own.
It didn't take long for television networks covering President Donald Trump's Supreme Court selection to switch from deciphering a mystery to setting up battle stations. The two have supported access to abortion services.
After graduating from Yale University and Yale Law School, Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Judge Walter King Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Manchin is one of ten Senate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won.
People protest immigration separation policies outside the federal court on June 26, 2018 in El Paso, Texas.
A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Trump and McConnell have been in frequent contact since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would be stepping down from the court.