Supreme Court nominee Barrett faces Senate despite virus

Supreme Court nominee Barrett faces Senate despite virus

Trump's nomination of Barrett is so contentious not because she would be the third Trump appointee to the Supreme Court, but because Republicans have chose to ignore precedent and push through a president's nomination just weeks before a presidential election-this despite Republicans refusing to conduct the hearings for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, for the Supreme Court back in 2016.

As the election approaches, and as the Republicans are rushing the confirmation in an unprecedented manner, Democrats must use the hearings as an opportunity to convey how much President Trump and the Republicans will undermine the rights of all Americans by putting Barrett on the Supreme Court. The hearings are likely to be a hybrid of in-person questioning and some participation via video after three GOP senators - including two on the committee - contracted the coronavirus. California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and a committee member, plans to participate remotely from her Senate office due to coronavirus concerns, her spokesman said Sunday.

Conservative groups have been pushing hard for Barrett's confirmation and are expected to spend more than Dollars 10 million to drum up support for her and pressure senators to swiftly confirm Trump's third Supreme Court nominee.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has made a reputation for independence from Trump, a potential benefit if Trump is defeated in November. He said he took a coronavirus test last week and is "negative".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY told the AP that the committee's chairman, Sen.

The Democrats and their presidential candidate Joe Biden are demanding that a nomination to the lifetime post be left until after the election, but Trump wants to push ahead as quickly as possible to satisfy voters on the right.

Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law teacher, is a tested conservative with a compelling personal story who has actually always been atop President Donald Trump's Supreme Court list.

Barrett would refuse to answer questions about how she herself might rule on these issues, but it would be useful to get her to acknowledge that judges ascribing to her philosophy would be unlikely to acknowledge either of those rights.

Trump chosen Barrett to be the brand-new high court justice throughout an event at the White House Rose Garden on September 26. Barrett and her family went maskless at the event. Barrett and her husband, Jesse, tested positive for the virus earlier this year and recovered, two administration officials have said.

Democrats already were enraged that Republicans are moving so quickly having refused to consider President Barack Obama nominee in February 2016, well before that year's election.

Outside groups are pushing Democrats to make a strong case against what they call an illegitimate confirmation, when people are already voting in some states, saying the victor of the presidency should make the pick. As a law professor, she strongly criticized Supreme Court decisions protecting a woman's right to abortion, upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and establishing a right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. "And that's the focus given that they're trying to push through, ram through a Supreme Court justice for a lifetime appointment while nearly seven million people have already voted", Harris said as she arrived at her office. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said.

Health care will be the top issue of focus, said Minnesota Sen.

Here's why that's risky: Over many decades, the Supreme Court has protected many constitutional rights that can not be justified from an originalist perspective, including the right to marry, the right to procreate, the right to custody of one's children, the right to control the upbringing of one's children, the right to purchase and use contraceptives, the right to abortion, the right to engage in private, consensual adult same-sex sexual activity and the right to refuse medical treatment. She also has voiced skepticism about some gun control laws.

Republicans will highlight Barrett's belief in sticking to the text of laws and the original meaning of constitutional provisions, both Scalia trademarks as well.

"She has proven a mom really can do anything", Ernst said after meeting with Barrett last week.

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