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A Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on his Republican colleagues to pull the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for a seat on the Supreme Court. To do so would go towards healing the acrimony in the nation, he said.
Barrett is Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the seat left open when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September.
A majority of the American people oppose the efforts by Trump and Senate Republicans to fill that seat before the November 3 elections. This majority would leave filling the vacancy to the next president.
The Senate Judiciary Committee this week concluded its hearing on Barrett, a law professor and, since 2017, a federal judge.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has said that he has the votes to proceed. The judiciary panel is expected to advance Barrett’s nomination on a party-line vote and send it to the Senate floor for a final vote before Election Day.
“We are failing as a body to serve the purposes to which we all care, and the best we can do is blame each other. And each of us are participating in the erosion of this body. And this is just yet another example of that,” said Sen Cory Booker of New Jersey, who also sought the Democratic presidential nomination last year. “People here think this is wrong, and I’m not just saying people on our side, because again the words of my colleagues think this is wrong and — and this goose is cooked.
“But God, I am appealing right now — I am one of these folks that during times like this, I have been texting, heckling back and forth with my friends that I text on the others of the style and I hope that that they will never make those public — but, I am appealing right now, that this is — we’ve got to find a way to stop this,” Booker added. “The only thing that heals this body is what I call a revival of civic grace.”
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