Minority Press

October 25, 2020

Feinstein Speaks Against Barrett Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Video of her remarks is available here. "Just over a month ago, our country lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a leading voice for equality and fundamental rights. Justice Ginsburg's nomination was the first that I participated in when I came to the Senate 28 years ago. At her hearing, I had the … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Feinstein, Klobuchar, Colleagues Demand Explanation of Justice Department’s Sudden Change to Election Non-Interference Policy

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Corey R. Amundson, Chief of the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, requesting an immediate explanation of the Department's recent decision to weaken its longstanding policy of non-interference with elections, which ensures that election fraud investigations do not affect an upcoming election. The department has long recognized that public … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Schumer And Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Statement On Decision To Boycott Illegitimate Supreme Court Markup

Washington-Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats today released a statement on their decision to boycott tomorrow's markup of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court: "This has been a sham process from the beginning. Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing election, Republicans are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to take away health care from millions and execute the extreme and deeply unpopular agenda that they've … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Feinstein, Murkowski Introduce Resolution Supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Washington-Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is observed in October. The resolution would raise further awareness about the ongoing problem of domestic violence in the United States and the struggles survivors face, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Domestic Violence Awareness Month encourages survivors to share their stories so that others will … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Feinstein Remarks as Judiciary Democrats Boycott Committee Vote on Barrett Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) delivered the following remarks on the Capitol steps as Senate Judiciary Democrats boycotted the committee vote to report Judge Amy Coney Barrett nomination to the Senate floor: Video of her remarks is available here. "Last week, committee rules were broken to set today's vote - and the Republicans broke the rules again by proceeding today without any Democrats present. … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Senate Democrats Denounce Trump Administration’s Historically Low Refugee Resettlement Goal and Push for Increased Admissions

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and a group of their colleagues to oppose the Trump administration's proposal to cap refugee admissions at 15,000 for fiscal year 2021-the lowest ceiling in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program -and in urging the administration to increase refugee admissions. "The United States has a long, bipartisan legacy of providing refugees protection through resettlement-prior to 2016 we resettled an … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Feinstein, Warren, Senate Democrats to Attorney General William Barr: Stop Efforts to Gut the Affordable Care Act in Court

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and a group of their colleagues to send a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging the Department of Justice to rescind its support of the Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the senators highlight how health insurance protections for millions of Americans are at stake in light of the current Supreme Court nomination fight and the ways in … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Feinstein, Durbin, Nadler, Lofgren Statement on Administration’s Consultation on Refugee Admissions

For third year in a row, administration violated law by failing to consult committees, set refugee admission number by Sept. 30 Washington-The Trump administration yesterday conducted its legally required consultation with members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. The Immigration and Nationality Act requires that by September 30, the president consult with members on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees and set the number of refugees that will be admitted to the country … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Feinstein: Barrett Hearings Confirmed Reproductive Rights Fears

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's remarks on reproductive rights during her nomination hearing: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett would give conservatives the votes necessary on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and end women's hard-fought right to make their own reproductive health decisions. "President Trump said he would appoint judges who would overturn Roe. It's clear that Judge … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Feinstein to Vote No on Barrett Nomination; Democrats Showed What’s at Stake in Hearing

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the conclusion of the Barrett nomination hearing: "Judiciary Committee Democrats had one goal this week: to show what's at stake under a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court - and we did that. We showed that Judge Barrett has a long history of opposing the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade and represents the vote to overturn both. "The Senate is structured so the majority had … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Feinstein: Supreme Court Nomination Process ‘Unprecedented,’ Should be Delayed

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered remarks on the rush to vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court before the committee has finished her hearing. Full text of her remarks follow, and video is available here: "As far as I know, this is being done without any precedent - in the time at least I've been on this committee, which is about 25 years. It's being done, I guess, to show power and push someone … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Feinstein Announces Supreme Court Nomination Witnesses

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the witnesses invited by the committee Democrats for ThurWashington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the witnesses invited by the committee Democrats for Thursday's Supreme Court nomination hearing: Stacy Staggs, a mother of 7-year old twins. Stacy's twins have multiple pre-existing conditions due to their premature birth and rely on the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Feinstein: Holding Barrett Markup Before Hearing is Finished Ignores Rules, Tradition

Washington-Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after Chairman Graham announced he will hold a markup on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday morning before the committee has finished her hearing: "Chairman Graham's announcement that he will hold Judge Barrett's first committee markup on Thursday morning, before we've even finished her hearing, is unprecedented in my time on the committee. "It's another … Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Feinstein Remarks at Judge Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) delivered the following opening statement at Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing: Video of her remarks is available here. "Less than one month ago, the nation lost one of our leading voices for equality: Ruth Bader Ginsburg left very big shoes to fill. [Justice] Ginsburg loved the law and she loved this country. She worked all of her life to ensure that the opening words of our … Continue Reading


October 11, 2020

Judiciary Committee Democrats to Justice Department: Provide Materials Still Missing From Barrett’s Questionnaire

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today led all 10 Judiciary Committee Democrats in again calling on the Justice Department to provide any additional missing materials from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate Judiciary Questionnaire (SJQ). On Friday night, Judge Barrett provided a supplemental SJQ that included missing materials from her original questionnaire after they were identified in press reports. However, it appears other materials, … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Feinstein: Conservative Court Could Undermine Voting Rights

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the effect a more conservative Supreme Court could have on voting rights: "Over the past decade, several Republican-controlled states have passed new laws designed to make it harder to vote. An even more conservative Supreme Court could cement those laws in place, further disenfranchising millions of voters. "In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in 2013 to … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Feinstein: A Barrett Supreme Court Would Erase LGBT Gains

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on what's at stake for LGBT rights if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court: "In recent years we've seen unprecedented gains in the recognition of Constitutionally protected rights for the LGBT community, thanks largely to the Supreme Court. Five years ago, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the court found that the Constitution protects the right to marriage … Continue Reading


October 07, 2020

Feinstein: Rushed Supreme Court Process Ignores Public Health, Safety

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 … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Judiciary Committee Democrats to Justice Department: Provide Missing Barrett Materials

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today led all 10 Judiciary Committee Democrats in calling on the Justice Department to provide any missing materials from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate Judiciary Questionnaire (SJQ). Judge Amy Coney Barrett omitted materials concerning her views on Roe v. Wade from the questionnaire provided to the committee. The committee members are asking the department to explain the omission, confirm whether any other … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Feinstein: Conservative Supreme Court Could Radically Change Immigration Policy

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on what's at stake for immigration policy if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court: "President Trump has consistently tried to implement his anti-immigrant policies by executive order, from his abrupt termination of DACA to his attempted inclusion of a citizenship question on the census. But time and again, these orders have ended up before the … Continue Reading

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