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Reaction mixed from federal reps on Supreme Court nominee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 September 2020 at 9:14 am

Orleans County’s elected federal representatives have issued statements about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) urges the U.S. Senate to confirm Barrett.

“Today the President fulfilled his constitutional obligation and put forth his nomination to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Ginsburg,” Jacobs said on Saturday. “Judge Amy Coney Barrett is highly qualified, well-respected and has a record of upholding the Constitution. While the House of Representatives has no formal role in the confirmation process, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to give Judge Barrett a fair, swift, and respectful consideration.”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will ‘vehemently oppose’ the nominee.

“President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court represents the further degradation of our democracy and the continued politicization of our judiciary,” Gillibrand said. “Even if this process had been legitimate, Barrett’s anti-choice views, opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and hostility to immigrant rights and civil rights make her completely unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. I vehemently oppose Barrett’s nomination and will vote against her confirmation.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted his concerns about Barrett serving on the Supreme Court.

“Make no mistake: A vote for Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to eliminate health care for millions of Americans and to end protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions in the middle the COVID-19 pandemic. Democrats are fighting for Americans’ health care.”

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