Politicians from across the region comment on Judge Barrett’s nomination to SCOTUS

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FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington. President Donald Trump didn’t have to look very far for one of the contenders on his short list to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: he’s been considering one of his own lawyers. Kate Comerford Todd is a deputy White House counsel, helping navigate Trump’s White House through a thicket of legal issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Several politicians from across Virginia and West Virginia have released statements on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

There is so much on the line with this Supreme Court vacancy. The next justice has the opportunity to decide the future of the Affordable Care Act, and whether Americans with preexisting conditions will continue to be protected, or if millions of Americans covered by the ACA will have their health care ripped away in the middle of a pandemic. Everything from health care to reproductive rights to voting rights hangs in the balance. Given the stakes, the American people have a right to have their voices heard before the confirmation of a new justice.

This is not the question of judicial qualifications or temperament – this is about following the standard established by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2016, when he refused – over my own strong objections – to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee 10 months prior to the election. That’s now the precedent. We can’t have one set of rules for Democratic presidents, and a different set of rules for Republican presidents. Our system of checks and balances, which has held strong and lasting for more than 200 years, was simply not meant to bear the brunt of such cynicism and hypocrisy.

Virginians are already casting their ballots. The Senate should not be considering a Supreme Court nomination before Inauguration Day.”

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D – Virginia)

“In selecting Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump has picked an exceptionally qualified constitutionalist to serve as our nation’s next Supreme Court justice. Judge Barrett’s stellar career and character shows she is someone who recognizes the proper role of a Supreme Court justice is to interpret the Constitution as written, not to legislate from the bench.

Not long ago Democrats said that Americans deserve a fully-staffed Supreme Court of nine justices. President Trump has done his constitutional duty by naming a nominee and now it’s time for Democrats to make good on their words by joining Senate Republicans and committing to holding a fair Senate confirmation process.”

Republican National Committee Statement

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