Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination Hearings to Begin Monday

Judge Amy Coney Barrett attends a meeting with Senator Kevin Cramer, R-Nd., on Capitol Hill on Oct. 1, 2020. Erin Scott / Reuters file

As Judge Amy Coney Barrett heads in front of senators on Monday for the start of hearings in the Supreme Court nomination process, Massachusetts Democrats on Sunday continued to rail against the approval of the conservative judge.

“Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump will stop at nothing to jam a nominee on to the court who will not only rip health care away from millions of Americans and overturn Roe v. Wade, but will also undermine the constitutional rights of the LGBTQ community,” said Sen. Edward Markey in front of the John Adams Courthouse Sunday, where a 2003 decision made Massachusetts the first state in the country to guarantee same-sex marriage equality.

The nomination of the 48-year-old judge, who now sits on the Seventh Circuit, will be before the Senate Judiciary Committee two weeks after a White House event introducing her that has since been connected to several coronavirus cases.

Republicans and President Trump want to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election and before a challenge to the Affordable Care Act is heard by the Supreme Court.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a tweet Sunday that Barrett was nominated, “to undermine health care and turn back the clock on reproductive rights.”

Neither Warren nor Markey sit on the committee chaired by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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SOURCE: Boston Herald, Rick Sobey

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