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Netizens Clash Online as Senate Confirmation Hearings for Barrett Go On

Netizens Clash Online as Senate Confirmation Hearings for Barrett Go On”

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett presented her conservative approach to the law Monday at the start of fast-tracked confirmation hearings, while Democrats, powerless to stop her, tried to cast her as a threat to Americans' health care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

Americans "deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written", Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee, laying out her judicial philosophy, which she has likened to that of her conservative mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

She warned it's not just health care that is at risk if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed.

She said courts are not created to solve problems, but rather that is for the political branches of government who are accountable to the people. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) "You've passed that test..." Dianne Feinstein of California, joining other Democrats who spoke against a backdrop of giant photos of Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Seated alone at a desk at the center of the hearing, Barrett said she was capable of setting aside her beliefs, including her Catholic faith, when studying and ruling on cases. She then began her opening remarks but was interrupted by Sen.

Questioning of the nominee will begin Tuesday and last through Wednesday. "This judicial nominee has made her views so clear, and this president is trying to put her in a position of power to make decisions about your lives". "For millions of Americans, a future without the ACA looks like being forced to sell your house if you want to afford your health care, it looks like not having access to a doctor when you're sick, it looks like having to choose between paying for groceries and paying for medicine".

Some also expressed concern about what Barrett's nomination might mean for the Affordable Care Act. In one message, he tweeted that he'd have a "FAR BETTER" health care plan, with lower costs and protections for pre-existing conditions.

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"Yes judge, I think this hearing is a sham", Klobuchar said.

"Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in the law?" she said.

Harris' comments largely mirrored her messaging on the campaign trail as the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri lambasted what he called a "pattern and practice of religious bigotry" by Democrats. Lee attended the hearing in person on Monday. But he said, "We do have a country that needs to move forward safely". At age 48, she would also be the youngest member of the nine-justice bench and likely serve for the decades to come.

Monday's hearing comes just three weeks before the election in spite of earlier promises to wait.

"This committee has ignored commonsense requests to keep people safe-including not requiring testing for all members-despite a coronavirus outbreak among senators of this very committee", Harris said, indirectly referencing Sen. Republicans have been pushing to confirm Barrett before Election Day, which would lock in a 6-3 majority on the nation's highest court for a generation.



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