Langevin Statement on the Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

Oct 26, 2020 Issues: Children and Families, Health Care, Vote

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:

“It is outrageous that Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration have pushed through a Supreme Court nominee just a week before one of the most critical elections of our lifetimes. Senate Republicans have effectively dismissed the voices of voters on a selection that could impact healthcare, voting rights, and many other foundational issues for decades to come. Justice Ginsburg was animated by a passion for advancing equality and protecting the marginalized from the powerful. During the rushed Senate confirmation process, I heard no evidence that Justice Barrett will be a judge in the mold of Justice Ginsburg. Rather, time and again, it seemed clear that she would represent an ideological extreme in the service of corporate interests, not the American people.

“The hypocrisy of this nomination process is astounding. When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to even hold a hearing, never mind a vote for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, seven months before the election, he proclaimed: ‘The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,’ and advocated for the confirmation to proceed after a new president was elected. By fast-tracking this process even as Americans are casting their votes, Majority Leader McConnell is ignoring the will of the American people to advance his political agenda.

“What is even more frustrating is that this rushed confirmation has been prioritized over a COVID-19 relief bill. The country continues to wrestle with a pandemic that has shuttered businesses, infected nearly 9 million Americans, and claimed the lives of more than 225,000. More than five months ago the House passed the Heroes Act to provide critical aid to those in need, and earlier this month we passed a revised version of that aid package to meet Senate Republicans in the middle. It is shameful that Majority Leader McConnell has failed to advance a Senate proposal to help Americans during a global pandemic but had enough time to rush through a court confirmation.”