Senators clash in opening of Barrett confirmation hearing

Republicans schedule vote to approve Amy Coney Barrett's nomination before  the Nov. 3 election | CBC News

Democrats and Republicans clashed Monday on the first day of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing.

Democrats framed Republicans’ rush to confirm the conservative Barrett to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an attack on ObamaCare and abortion rights.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, said it was reckless to hold the hearing after two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were infected with the coronavirus.

Other Democrats said the winner of the November election should appoint the next justice, especially since millions of Americans have already voted. Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Barrett is “excellent, something the country should be proud of.”

Barrett said justices should apply the law “as written,” and that courts are not meant to “right every wrong.”

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