Sen. Blumenthal objects to confirmation hearings for SCOTUS pick ahead of election

  • Sen. Blumenthal objects to confirmation hearings for SCOTUS pick ahead of election

Sen. Blumenthal objects to confirmation hearings for SCOTUS pick ahead of election

The "results would be nothing short of catastrophic", said Vermont Sen. "As a mother of seven, Judge Barrett clearly understands the importance of health care".

Both parties view this week's hearings as a vital chance to appeal to voters at a moment when millions of them are filling in their mail-in ballots. And they are operating in an environment marked by the hostility of earlier battles. Republicans have been pushing to confirm Barrett before Election Day, which would lock in a 6-3 majority on the nation's highest court for a generation. Republicans remember the 2018 battle over now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh; he faced sexual-assault charges, which he denied, during his confirmation hearing.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had a tough time on Monday when she experienced technical issues while trying to remotely participate in Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation hearings. "I don't think it took deep thought or strategizing for us to say, you know the American people really are scared about this pandemic and they want action".

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said it wasn't hard to decide to emphasize health care. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) "When you tell somebody they're too Catholic to be on the bench and tell them they'll be a Catholic judge, not an American judge, that's bigotry".

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins up to four days of hearings Monday on President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Can you see me now?"

Every single Democrat on the committee brought with them a photograph and a story of at least one constituent for whom the Affordable Care Act had made a difference. "Let's keep our eye on the ball".

The Supreme Court hears a challenge from GOP-led states and the Trump administration to Obamacare one week after Election Day. "Will always protect pre-existing conditions!"

Barrett's confirmation is highly likely.

"I don't have any agenda", Barrett said under questioning from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein who asked whether she believed the landmark Roe v Wade case upholding abortion rights was wrongly decided in 1973.

"Judge Barrett, in all honesty, you have auditioned for this job through your academic writing and judicial opinions", said Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) showing up in person after being cleared by his physician, a situation that Democrats worked to exploit.

Democrats put up poster-sized photographs inside the hearing room of Americans who rely on coverage from the ACA or have struggled with medical bills, and they talked about the individuals throughout the day to highlight the stakes of Barrett's nomination.

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden's running mate claimed Americans want the GOP to hold off on the hearing and let the president who wins on November 3 fill the high court vacancy. "The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the people", she said.