Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and others in his party have criticized President Donald Trump’s selection of Conservative Judge Amy Connie Barrett to the Supreme Court, focusing particularly on the threat they say will pose to the health care of millions of Americans.
Biden noted that while the Trump administration seeks to drop the “ObamaCare” healthcare program in a case due to be heard by the Supreme Court on November 10, Barrett has a record of criticizing a pivotal ruling by Supreme Court President John Roberts in 2012, to preserve the law formally known as the Affordable Care Act.
Biden – who is seeking to defeat Republican Trump in the November 3 elections – called on the Senate not to take action on the vacancy in the court, which was vacated by the death of liberal judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, except after the presidential elections, leaving this matter to the winner.
He said, “The United States Constitution aims to give voters an opportunity to have their voices heard about who serves on the court … The time has come now and their voice must be heard.”
Senate Republicans refused to consider President Barack Obama’s 2016 Supreme Court nominee, saying the winner of that year’s election should be chosen.
Trump has chosen to replace Ginsburg – the advocate for gender equality and other liberal issues, who died on September 18 at the age of 87 – with a judge, by contrast in several ways, and if her appointment is confirmed, that would give the conservatives a majority in court of 6 Versus 3.
For his part, Trump said that the Senate will likely begin ratification sessions on the judge on October 12, and he expected the entire Senate to vote on this nomination.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the date for the first hearing was ultimately up to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.
“It will go quickly … We are looking forward to doing this before the elections, so it will go very quickly,” he added.