Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the rush to hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings:
“It’s clear that Senate Republicans will stop at nothing to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett in time to participate in a November case that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. This case could eliminate health insurance for millions and end protections for 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions.
“This is not what the public wants. By a wide margin (62% to 24%) the majority of Americans want the ACA upheld. They don’t want Senate Republicans to confirm another anti-ACA judge who could be the deciding vote in this case.
“Now, even as the rest of the Senate is shut down because of a coronavirus outbreak, Republicans have confirmed they still plan to hold a hearing next week, regardless of the possible health consequences for senators or staff.
“Evaluating a Supreme Court justice is the most important thing this committee does. We shouldn’t be putting lives at risk to jam a nominee through before the election. Senate Republicans should listen to the American people and delay this process until after the inauguration so we can properly do our job in a safe and serious manner.”