Judge Amy Barrett, Justice Scalia, Supreme Court discussed on C-SPAN Programming
Apparently just about every Republican voted for her. Her good friend on the court. Justice Scalia, I think at 97 votes. I don't know what happened between then and now there's can all take some blame. But I just want to remind everybody there was a time in this country or something. Like Ruth Bader Ginsburg was seen by almost everybody is qualified for the position of being on the Supreme Court understanding that she would have a different philosophy than many of the Republicans who voted for her 27 years on the court before becoming a member of the court. She was an active litigator, pushing for more equal justice and better write better rights for women. Throughout the country, her close friend until his death justice clear Scalia called her the leading and very successful litigator on behalf of women's rights. The Thurgood Marshall of that cause what high praise? I can't say any more. In that statement says. In my view, the person appearing before this committee isn't a category of excellence, something the country should be proud of. And she will have a chance to make her get her case to be a worthy successor to become the night member of the Supreme Court of the United States on September the 20 Six, Judge Amy Barrett was nominated by President Trump to the Supreme Court. Who is she? She is a judge sitting on the seventh judicial circuit. She's highly respected. She was a professor at Notre Dame. Three years during that tenure, she was chosen by the students to being the best professor, which I'm sure is no easy task in any college. She's wild. Admired for integrity. She grew up in New Orleans, graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1994 graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from Notre Dame Law School in 1997 so academically, she's very gifted. She clerked for Judge Laurence Silberman on the US Court of Appeals for the D. C circuit and then for Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. She practise law in Washington, D. C. She joined the faculty at Notre Dame in 2002. She's published numerous articles in prestigious journals, including the Columbia University of Virginia and Cornell Law Review. She's been a circuit court judge at the seventh Circuit since 2017. She was confirmed. Into that position in the bad parts with about partisan vote. She has heard hundreds of cases in that capacity, she said. I clerk for Justice Scalia more than 20 years ago, But the lessons I learned still resonate his judicial philosophy. His mind. A judge must apply the law as written judges. They're not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold. She will give her statement, but I think that is a good summary of who she is. That's who. Amy Barrett is. In terms of law terms. Amy Barrett, the individual. She and her husband have seven. Children two adopted so nine seems to be a good number. The process. This is an election year. We're confirming the judge in election year after the voting has occurred. What will happen is that my Democratic colleagues will say this has never been done in there, right in this regard Nobody's thinks ever been confirmed. Election year past July. The bottom line is just a skin. Zberg, when asked about this several years ago, said that a president serves four years, not three. There's nothing unconstitutional about this process. This is a vacancy. That's occurred the tragic loss of a great woman and we're going to feel that they could see with another great woman. Bottom line here is that the Senate is doing its duty. Constitutionally Senator Lindsey Graham. Earlier today. Democrats had argued that lawmakers should have been tested for Corona virus before the hearing as a precaution. But Senator Graham said that was not necessary. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wasted no time painting the GOP's move too quickly confirmed Judge Barrett. As an attempt to upend the affordable care act and its protections for people with pre existing medical conditions. Democrats over the past several days have agreed to hammer the healthcare issue over and over during the Barrett hearings, convinced they could turn voters away from the GOP and President Trump simultaneously. Here's Senator Feinstein of California. Justice. Ginsburg's nomination was the first one that I participated in when I came to the Senate, and it was a real thrill to be part of that crowded in celebratory hearing for someone who had broken down barriers and reopened doors and staunchly believed in a woman's right to full equality and autonomy and filling Judge Ginsberg seat. The stakes are extraordinarily high for the American people. People both in the short term and for decades to come. Most importantly, healthcare coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination. So over the course of these hearings, my colleagues and I will focus on that subject. We will examine the consequences if and that's a big if Republicans succeed in rushing this nomination through the Senate before the next president takes office. But most importantly in just a few weeks on November 10th the Supreme Court will hear hearings in Texas V. California a case brought to strike down the American the The president has promised to appoint justices who will vote. To dismantle that law as a candidate. He criticized the Supreme Court for upholding the law and said, and I quote if I win the presidency, my judicial appointments will do the right thing. Unlike bushes, appoint a John Roberts on Obamacare, and when he appointed Judge Barrett to fill Justice Ginsburg seat, the president said that eliminating the affordable care act would be Quote a big win for the USA Judge Barat. You've been critical of Chief Justice Roberts for his 54 opinion upholding the law stating that Robert's quote pushed the affordable care act beyond It's plausible meaning to save the statute and quote this well could mean that if Judge Barrett is confirmed American stand toe lose the benefits that the I lied. So I hope you will clarify that in this hearing. First more than 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions like cancer, asthma or even Koven 19 could be denied coverage or charged more to obtain health insurance..