Confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett underway on Capitol Hill

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Confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett begin today on Capitol Hill.

Barrett is a federal judge from Indiana and would replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month of cancer. President Trump nominated Barrett a little over a week after Ginsburg died.

“My hope is that they will be informative and productive, not unlike those that led to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s bipartisan confirmation in 1993. Judge Barrett deserves no less,” said Sen. Todd Young of Indiana in an op-ed. Anyone who fairly evaluates her superb qualifications and temperament will agree that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the right person for the job.”

The topics that are expected to be discussed are voting rights, the Affordable Care Act, and abortion.

Barrett’s opening statement has been released ahead of her confirmation hearing and she said the public shouldn’t look to the courts to help “right every wrong in our public life.”

“The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People,” she says. “The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.”

Senate Republicans are rushing to get Barrett confirmed before the November 3rd elections. Democrats argue that the winner of the presidential election should choose the next Supreme Court justice.

Democrats are accusing Republicans of shameless hypocrisy. President Obama tried to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2016 but Republicans successfully blocked the move, insisting that it should not happen during a presidential election year.

Barrett’s confirmation hearing that’ll last most of the week. If Barrett is eventually confirmed, there will be a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

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