Harris, fellow Democrats target Trump Supreme Court nominee on Obamacare

Grant Boone
October 14, 2020

Sens. Diane Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, and Patrick Leahy of Vermont said previous remarks by Barrett about the landmark healthcare law make it likely she will vote to strike it down in a case that will be heard soon after the November 3 election.

Only weeks ago, we lost an icon in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who spent her life fighting to protect women's rights, voting rights, civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and so much more.

Barrett will face questions from senators on Tuesday and Wednesday in lengthy all-day sessions. "These new omissions raise more questions about the reliability of Judge Barrett's SJQ and her candor before the Committee".

"I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written", Barrett said, with her husband and six of her seven children sitting behind her as she read from prepared remarks that had been made public on Sunday.

Republicans have a 53-47 Senate majority so Barrett's confirmation seems nearly certain.

The partisan battle over Coney Barrett's nomination, Baker said while criticizing both Democrats and Republicans, is "100 percent, ends justify the means, classic Washington behavior".

Barrett says she has resolved to maintain the same perspective as her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was "devoted to his family, resolute in his beliefs, and fearless of criticism".

Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare in Congress have failed.

"I intend to, and I think everybody else on the Democratic side, will focus on the fact that she is being pushed on to the Supreme Court just in time for the November 10 hearing on the Affordable Care Act", Sen.

The Senate, now controlled by Republicans, is constitutionally tasked with approving nominations to the country's highest court, where conservatives now occupy five of nine seats and a Barrett confirmation could cement the bench's rightward tilt for decades. She, in 2018, was defeated by the Democratic Senate nominee, Kristen Sinema.

One key provision bars insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

US Senate gears up for contentious Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing

A four-day Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for the conservative appellate court judge, picked by President Donald Trump, will begin with members and Barrett herself making opening statements.

While some appeared before Monday's hearing remotely, votes by the committee and the full Senate would require all senators' physical presence.

"This is probably not about persuading each other, unless something really dramatic happens".

In a show of their determination to confirm the nominee before the election, Johnson said he would wear a "moon suit" to attend the vote if necessary. Though Justice Scalia died about 9 months before the 2016 election, Senate Republicans argued that it was too early before an election that the nominee, Merrick Garland, be confirmed or even considered for hearings.

Capitol police said 22 people were arrested while protesting outside the confirmation hearings Monday morning for "crowding, obstructing or incommoding" entrance to a building and unlawful conduct.

Senator Patrick Leahy condemned the "mad rush" to fill the vacancy, accusing Republicans of trying to turn the courts into "an arm of the far right and the Republican Party". Christian conservative activists long have hoped for the court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Barrett is a devout Catholic who has expressed opposition to abortion.

Barrett in 2006 signed on to an advertisement in an in newspaper calling for Roe v Wade to be overturned.

Coons said he told Barrett he was anxious she was chosen by Trump to rule against the ACA.

Schumer, speaking to reporters in NY, said canons of legal ethics should dictate Barrett's recusal in such cases.

"This nominee said she wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act".

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