The Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett began Monday with Democrats warning the federal judge would overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade. If confirmed, Barrett would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the court. On Monday, she gave a brief opening statement.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “Courts have a vital responsibility to the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life.”
Republicans promise to confirm Barrett ahead of Election Day despite the protests of Democratic lawmakers who say the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be filled by whoever wins in November. This is Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: “Why would we rush forward? Well, the answer isn’t pretty. There’s a promise to big donors that must be kept. When David Koch ran for vice president, he campaigned on getting rid of Medicare and Medicaid. Imagine his fury when Obamacare passed. His groups are spending millions right now on this nomination.”