10.14.20

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy At The Conclusion Wednesday Night Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Testimony

. . . . Wednesday Evening

“This unseemly and hypocritical push to ram a Supreme Court nominee through with just days before an election in which millions already have voted is not only an affront to the American people, but it damages the Senate and our courts.  Republicans have cleared the Senate’s decks – not to work on much-needed COVID relief, but to spend two of the last weeks before the election on this mad rush to swing the balance of the Supreme Court for decades.

“This president and Senate Republicans also clearly see an opportunity in Judge Barrett to fulfill their dream to kill the Affordable Care Act.  She repeatedly has criticized the constitutionality and legality of the ACA, while acknowledging to me that she has never once defended it.  Republicans want to make sure the cards are stacked against the ACA – and against the tens of millions of Americans whose lives depend upon it – when the Supreme Court hears the latest Republican-led lawsuit to overturn the ACA on November 10.”

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(Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a leading member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee)