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- California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that he intends to open a satellite attorney general's office in Washington, D.C., as he prepares to fight the Trump administration.
- The results from California's latest cap-and-trade auction are in, and revenue from the sale of pollution credits was weak.
- A bill that would set up a state-funded legal aid system for immigrants will be amended by its author to allow those with criminal records to apply for assistance.
California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris say they have concerns about Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I’ve repeatedly stated that the next justice must have respect for precedent, be within the mainstream and protect the fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Judge Gorsuch has a long record and it will take time to conduct a thorough review," Feinstein said in a statement.
Feinstein is the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was in office when the Gorsuch was approved by unanimous consent to serve on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. In a statement, she said Gorsuch should get a thorough and fair review.
Feinstein said she's worried about Trump's litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee and his claims during the campaign that he was focused on picking a justice who will overturn Roe vs. Wade, the case that made abortion legal nationwide.
“Then tonight, President Trump declared, ‘I am a man of my word.’ That’s exactly what I’m afraid of," Feinstein said.
Harris said on Twitter that the next justice needs to uphold civil rights. She noted that whoever is confirmed will have a long-term effect on the country.
"I am troubled by the nomination of Judge Gorsuch and will fight to ensure the voice of the American people is heard in this process," she said. "The next justice will have a profound impact on money in politics, voting rights, immigrant and women's rights, and more."
Neither senator has yet mentioned the possibility that Senate Democrats could use the filibuster to try to block Gorsuch's confirmation.