President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett declined to wade into the Supreme Court’s marquee rulings on abortion during her confirmation hearing Tuesday, resisting Democrats’ efforts to nail down her view on the precedents.
In response to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, on whether she agreed with the late Justice
A sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee opened Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, with little doubt about the eventual outcome and both sides looking to score political points as Election Day nears.
Republicans, led by Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended holding the hearings despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and touted Barrett’s qualifications.
They warned that Democrats would focus inappropriately on Barrett’s Catholicism and seek to turn the process into a battle resembling the one fought over Justice Brett Kavanaugh two years ago.
Democrats avoided discussion of Barrett’s religious views, however. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, quickly sought to turn the focus of the hearings to health care.
Surrounded by large posters of individuals apparently protected by the Affordable Care Act, Feinstein made it clear that Democrats will spend the four-day process discussing an upcoming Supreme Court case over the
The confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett kicked off on Monday, solidifying the two political parties’ contrasting strategies: health care for tens of millions of Americans vs. the country’s religious rights.
With just 22 days until the Nov. 3 contest, the tactics were a representation of the parties’ platforms and how they view their winning election strategies. Barrett is expected to be confirmed before Election Day, as Democrats lack the votes to prevent it and don’t possess the power to delay it.
Democrats doubled down on their rhetoric during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that confirming the conservative judge will spell certain doom for the Affordable
Democrats acknowledged there is little they can do to stop Barrett’s confirmation. So they seemed determined to use the hearings to portray Republicans as a threat to the Affordable Care Act and the nomination as a last-ditch effort to save Trump should next month’s election lead to litigation in the Supreme Court.
On optics alone, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) seemed to speak for everyone when he said, “There is nothing about this that is normal.”
The nominee, who spoke for just 12 minutes, wore a black mask for nearly the entire hearing. Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee participated remotely, one because he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a first, the Architect of the Capitol submitted a letter certifying that the hearing room met Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety regulations.
And when the 48-year-old Barrett, nominated by Trump after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death
(Bloomberg) — Democrats attacked the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as a move to kill the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic and sharply shift the court to the right at a Senate hearing that’s all but certain to lead to her confirmation just days before the election.
Beginning four days of statements and questioning, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee clashed over the propriety of President Donald Trump’s nomination of Barrett just 38 days before Election Day and the impact she would have on a court that would have a 6-3 conservative majority.
“President Trump and Senate Republicans see the potential to wildly swing the balance of the court,” Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy
WASHINGTON — As they stare down the probable confirmation of a new conservative Supreme Court justice, Democrats are surging a new message to voters heading to the polls: a vote for Republicans is a vote against heath care.
The centerpiece of this message is a Supreme Court hearing on Nov. 10, just one week after the election, on the Affordable Care Act. The case brought by the Trump administration’s Department of Justice and 20-GOP led states hinges on whether the Obamacare mandate that Americans obtain health insurance is constitutional.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., predicted Tuesday that if a new justice is appointed before the election in time to hear the case, the ACA is as good as dismantled and warned the court might rehear the case to allow the participation of the new justice, if he or she is confirmed after the election. He spoke in apocalyptic terms about