Published: Sat, October 17, 2020
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Cornyn Delivers Opening Statement at Supreme Court Hearing

Cornyn Delivers Opening Statement at Supreme Court Hearing

Senate Democrats were united in driving home one message in the opening day of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing: President Donald Trump's nominee could threaten the future of the Affordable Care Act.

"Let me tell you a political secret", she said. Klobuchar said during her remarks that the Senate should be working on coronavirus relief rather than trying to rush through Barrett's nomination.

"We can not divorce this nominee and her views from the election we are in", Klobuchar said. "If Republicans succeed in striking down the ACA, insurance companies will be able to deny coverage to children with serious conditions".

One after another, Democrats sought to tie her nomination to the upcoming Obama-era health care case. However, Democratic senators made clear in advance of the hearing that they didn't plan to question the judge on the specifics of her religious faith.

For Democrats, the confirmation hearing for Barrett offers little opportunity to stop her nomination.


As netizens proceeded to express their opinions on Barrett's nomination, issues like the fate of the Affordable Care Act and even the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court ended up being brought into the equation. "For millions of Americans, a future without the ACA looks like being forced to sell your house if you want to afford your health care, it looks like not having access to a doctor when you're sick, it looks like having to choose between paying for groceries and paying for medicine". Richard Blumenthal appealed directly to voters, highlighting what he thinks is at stake - the Affordable Care Act. "Will always protect pre-existing conditions!" Justice Ginsburg said, 'We were different, yes, in our interpretation of written text.

"Democratic senators view the court as a super legislature, as a policy-making body, as a body that will decree outcomes to the American people", said Sen. But he has not, as yet, discussed an actual health care plan.

An aide to the committee told CNN that after multiple member-level discussions, members of the committee agreed that not only health care, but the personal stories of people across the country would be the most effective strategy for day one. She and her husband, Jesse, tested positive for the virus earlier this year and recovered, administration officials, have said.

Democratic presidential nominee Biden, also a practicing Catholic, told reporters ahead of a campaign trip to OH that he doesn't think "there's any question about her faith". Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the committee, said. "There's nothing unconstitutional about this process". "We're going to work in the Senate to do our job".

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. Barrett received the highest, "well-qualified" rating from the American Bar Association, though she is the first nominee since Clarence Thomas who did not receive a unanimous assessment. "That's on the line".

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