Regardless, Barrett’s confirmation seems assured given the Republican majority in the Senate. She would replace the most progressive member of the Supreme Court, Justice
“It’s no mystery what is happening here. President Donald Trump is trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act,” Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, said Sunday in Wilmington, Delaware.
“This is about whether or not pre-existing conditions will continue to be covered. This is about whether or not a woman can be charged more for the procedures as a man,” Biden added in his first public remarks since Trump announced Barrett’s selection on Saturday.
Senate Republicans have signaled plans for a quick confirmation process kicking off on Oct. 12, and along with Trump are optimistic that a new justice can be seated before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Democrats indicated a laser-like focus on the ACA, or Obamacare, and portrayed the election as a way for their voters to help offset the court’s expected further shift to the right under Trump.
“The antidote to his -- whatever he does is to vote, vote, vote,” House Speaker
The Supreme Court will hear a case Nov. 10 that could ultimately be the means to strike down the ACA, long a Republican goal.
“It’s very clear from her writings, multiple writings, that she will be the vote that takes away health care for millions of Americans,” Democratic Senator
Later, Senate Democratic Leader
Barrett’s religious views, though, should play no role in the confirmation process, said Schumer. “It’s the issues.” Barrett, a mother of seven, would be the court’s sixth Roman Catholic if confirmed.
Trump’s chief of staff,
The White House will begin delivering information on Barrett to Capitol Hill on Monday, he said.
“We can slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most, but we can’t stop the outcome,” Durbin, the second ranked Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The issue is whether or not her closely held views on issues such as the Affordable Care Act, such as abortion rights, can be separated from her ability to be a fair and objective justice,” Hirono said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
During three years on the federal appeals court in Chicago, Barrett maintained a consistently conservative voting record across the range of issues that came before her, including gun rights and the government’s ability to protect workers and consumers from discrimination.
She could also create a majority on the court willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. that has stood since 1973.
(Updates with Biden comments from third paragraph.)
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