Livestream: Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

Henrietta Brewer
October 17, 2020

Democrats have painted Barrett as a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act and voiced concern her appointment is being rammed through in time for the court to hear a challenge to the law on November 10. Barrett, if confirmed by the Senate, would give the conservative wing a solid 6-3 advantage at the high court.

"Republicans finally realized that the Affordable Care Act is too popular to repeal in Congress", said California Sen.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri lambasted what he called a "pattern and practice of religious bigotry" by Democrats.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday, "I think I know how the vote's gonna come out".

Sen. Harris delivered her opening statement on Day 1 of Judge Barrett's confirmation hearings on October 12.

Klobuchar also cited Barrett's criticism of the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare, warning Americans that "your health care is on the line".

In her first day of marathon questioning, the 48-year-old conservative judge said she would consider both sides of arguments over health care, sexual preference discrimination, guns, or reproductive rights.

One after another, Democrats sought to tie her nomination to the upcoming Obama-era health care case.

"Judge Barrett, in all honesty, you have auditioned for this job through your academic writing and judicial opinions", said Sen. "They want someone who will legislate from the bench and strike down laws supported by a vast majority of the American people". "If Republicans succeed in striking down the ACA, insurance companies will be able to deny coverage to children with serious conditions". Justice Ginsburg said, 'We were different, yes, in our interpretation of written text.

More than two dozen people linked to the September 26 Rose Garden event, including the two GOP senators, have contracted COVID-19. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) "That vision of the court is something found nowhere in the Constitution".

A Catholic and mother of seven, Barrett was nominated in 2017 by Trump for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which covers the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and was later confirmed by the Republican-led Senate with a 55-43 bipartisan vote. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who tested positive, and has since recovered, from the novel coronavirus.

"This hearing has brought together more than 50 people to sit inside of a closed-door room for hours while our nation is facing a deadly airborne virus", said Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee. She said that Republicans should be focused on passing a new coronavirus-aid package instead of "rushing a Supreme Court nomination". Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the committee, said. But he said, "We do have a country that needs to move forward safely". "We're going to work in the Senate to do our job".

During the course of the day, every single Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee mentioned health care in their opening remarks. "This judicial nominee has made her views so clear, and this president is trying to put her in a position of power to make decisions about your lives. That's on the line".

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