It's also unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the hearings. It is you. It is you calling Republican senators and telling them enough is enough. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's senior Democrat.
Democrats have warned that Barrett has made clear in her writings and words that she would seek to overturn Roe v Wade and repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that has helped more than 20 million Americans obtain health insurance. The "results would be nothing short of catastrophic", said Vermont Sen.
"They're scared, Judge Barrett".
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. "The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try". 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. This well could mean that if Judge Barrett is confirmed, Americans stand to lose the benefits that the ACA provides, so I hope you will clarify that in this hearing.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday, "I think I know how the vote's gonna come out". Telling them it is personal.
Judge Barrett, who now sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, recalled being a clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying she learned more from him than just the law.
"This Supreme Court nominee has signaled in the judicial equivalent of all caps that she believes the Affordable Care Act must go, and that the precedent protecting the ACA doesn't matter", he said. "Let's keep our eye on the ball". "Will always protect pre-existing conditions!"
Seated alone at a desk at the center of the hearing, Barrett said she was capable of setting aside her beliefs, including her Catholic faith, when studying and ruling on cases.
"Judge Barrett, in all honesty, you have auditioned for this job through your academic writing and judicial opinions", said Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT was among several Democrats demanding that Barrett pledge not to take part in any election case. The Trump administration wants the court to strike down the entire law widely known as "Obamacare". Justice Ginsburg said, 'We were different, yes, in our interpretation of written text. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) "That vision of the court is something found nowhere in the Constitution".
But Democrats, who control 47 Senate seats versus the Republicans' 53, are largely powerless to block the confirmation.
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". The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to it in one month.
Mr. Graham offered a rebuttal even before the hearing began, saying that it had been set up to comply with safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that any committee member was free to participate remotely. But he said, "We do have a country that needs to move forward safely". "There's nothing unconstitutional about this process". "We're going to work in the Senate to do our job". "That's on the line".