Daily News 8/30/18: Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Sought to Cap Payouts to 9/11 Victims

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims’ families at $500G

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sought to cap 9/11 payouts to victims' families at $500G
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while serving as White House counsel to President George W. Bush, proposed a $500,000 cap on 9/11 payouts. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh wanted to cap the amount victims of 9/11 and their family members could receive from the federal government at $500,000, records obtained by the Daily News show.

Kavanaugh, who served as associate White House Counsel during President George W. Bush’s administration, sought to limit the federal government’s liability following the terrorist attacks.  Pushback from Sen. Chuck Schumer and other federal lawmakers squashed that proposal.

 

As Congress was debating the parameters of the fund, Kavanaugh wrote to Bush aide Kristen Silverberg on Oct. 14, 2001, that questions were being raised about “3 aspects of our proposal” including a “$500,000 cap.”

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