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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Senate will vote Monday on Amy Coney Barrett court confirmation

‘Republicans are working urgently to turn back the clock.’     

The Senate has scheduled October 22 to vote on the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court.

“With regard to the Supreme Court justice … we’ll be voting to confirm justice-to-be Barrett next Monday,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said during a weekly press conference, The Hill reports. 

“I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women that believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law,” McConnell added.

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Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a devout Catholic and has hard conservative leanings, theGRIO previously reported.

The mother of seven was once a law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia who was a conservative bedrock on the High Court. Trump previously chose Barrett to serve on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Amy Coney Barrett meets Donald Trump’s two main litmus tests: She has made clear she would invalidate the A.C.A. and take health care away from millions of people and undermine a woman’s reproductive freedom,” said Nan Aron, the president of Alliance for Justice, to The New York Times.

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Senate Democrats have warned that Barrett will take women back to the 1960s, by limiting their reproductive freedom. 

“Republicans are working urgently to turn back the clock,” said Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.    

An earlier report on theGRIO noted that Trump’s action in selecting Barrett is a transparent effort to tilt the nations’ highest court further to the right with a nominee who, if confirmed, would form a 6-3 conservative majority, and would potentially impact a generation of rulings on issues ranging from Obamacare to immigration to abortion.  

As Politico reported, Barrett is expected to receive broad support from Senate Republicans — who hold a 53-47 Senate majority — since she was in consideration two years ago for the seat that ultimately went to Brett Kavanaugh.

She is also hailed by Republicans for her conservative stance on issues like abortion. Barrett reportedly stated that “life begins at conception” during a 2013 speech on Roe v. Wade.

Like Trump’s two other appointees, Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Kavanaugh in 2018, Barrett is young enough to serve on the Supreme Court for decades, and she is the youngest nominee since conservative Clarence Thomas who was 43 in 1991.

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