Kaptur Statement on Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barret
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after Republicans confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court:
“The process by which Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court drips with hypocrisy, injustice, and the worst of what we’ve come to expect from partisan Washington,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Majority Leader McConnell held up President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland for nearly a year under the pretense that a justice ought not be confirmed in an election year. The fact that Amy Coney Barrett cruised from nomination to confirmation in an unprecedented 30 days, during a national pandemic, and eight days before a contentious presidential election proves that Republicans aren’t driven even by their own espoused values, but rather pure political expediency.”
“Under his watch, Mitch McConnell blocked President Obama from confirming judicial appointees. As a result, the United States Senate has been able to confirm 220 judges nominated by President Trump, including three justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, 53 judges for the United States courts of appeals, 162 judges for the United States district courts, and two judges for the United States Court of International Trade. In Washington, Republicans have done nothing to govern in a way that brings people together, giving zero regard to what is right for this country, only what they can get away with.
“As President Trump’s third nominee takes their seat on the Supreme Court, and its conservative majority grows from five-four to six-three, we are reminded how deeply out of touch their recent rulings have been with public opinion. Affordable health care, a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, collective bargaining, LGBTQ+ rights, gun safety measures – they’ve never been more threatened than they are now. The chasm between the Supreme Court and the public has never been wider. That is why I support the creation of a bipartisan commission to study the court system, a proposal recently put forward by Vice President Joe Biden.”