Sen. Dick Durbin discusses Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination

Clay Curtis
September 28, 2020

Republicans reacted with outrage and accused Feinstein of attacking Coney Barrett's faith. But it's her conservative approach to the law, particularly health care access that is drawing opposition from Democrats, not her private beliefs.

Trump, Ridge said, "lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect and maturity to lead" and "sows division along political, racial and religious lines".

Subverting that "so needlessly. would be an irreversible step toward the brink".

Barrett's strong defense left a "favorable impression" on Trump, who admired her toughness, a source familiar with Trump's thinking said.

Julie Gunnigle, a 2006 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, said in a now-viral tweet: "While [Barrett] had a reputation for collegiality and excellence in the classroom, the biggest lesson she taught me was that a person could be kind and civil while embracing an ideology that regards some individuals worthy of fewer rights and less freedom". But Biden said he should choose the next justice if he prevails on November 3.

"Well if it is thrown out, it will be months from the time the court hears it", Blunt said.

If Barrett is confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court would shift to a strong 6 to 3 conservative majority which could remain in place for decades, shaping major legal decisions in the United States for years to come.

That could cost millions of Americans their healthcare coverage as well as protections for pre-existing health conditions.

Biden repeated his call that the victor of the presidential election should get to appoint the new justice. He was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

The poll, which was conducted September 22-24, had a margin of sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.

"Sadly, it seems we can no longer rely on the United States Supreme Court to protect us", said Jennifer Childs-Roshak, CEO of Planned Parenthood League of MA. 'This is incredible. Fighting any religion - fighting Catholicism is just incredible'.

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Sunday that the committee plans on starting confirmation hearings for Barrett beginning October 12 and will approve her nomination on October 22, which sets up a full Senate vote to send the conservative judge to the Supreme Court by the end of the month.

"What I am concerned about is anyone that President Trump would have appointed was there to undo the Affordable Care Act".

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has already announced that a vote will be held "this year".

Mr Trump said the Senate will likely open hearings on Mrs Barrett, on Oct 12. A vote is expected October 29.

Predictably, 76% of Republicans believe the Senate should confirm the GOP president's latest nominee. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on CNN.

"If you talk to students, the thing that stands out to them is that she really makes an effort to get to know them, understand them, and help them", says G. Marcus Cole, dean of the law school.

Brown said "LGBT extremists" will do "everything in their power to block" Barrett's confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

Earlier, Trump acknowledged the confirmation ahead may not "go smoothly".

Other Republican senators say a post-election confirmation vote is also possible, as the GOP will continue to control the Senate in the lame-duck period between the election and inauguration.

According to Politico, Senate Democrats are going to use every weapon in their arsenal to try and delay Barrett's unstoppable confirmation. "The elimination of the Affordable Care Act is at the top of the list".

"Prior to going on the bench, she publicly criticized Chief Justice Roberts' opinion upholding the law", Biden noted.

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