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Amy Barrett’s Senate Promise Makes Liberal Heads Explode

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The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court began on Monday and Barrett made a promise to senators while Democrats hurled attacks.

Delivering her first remarks before the committee, Barrett vowed to interpret the laws “as they are written.”

“As I said when I was nominated to serve as a Justice, I am used to being in a group of nine—my family. Nothing is more important to me, and I am so proud to have them behind me,” she also said, adding that “my father was a lawyer and my mother was a teacher, which explains why I ended up a law professor. More important, my parents modeled for me and my six siblings a life of service, principle, faith, and love.”

Barrett noted that she is a proponent of former Justice Antonin Scalia’s legal theories and had served as a clerk for him before his death in 2016.

“I felt like I knew the justice before I ever met him, because I had read so many of his colorful, accessible opinions,” she remarked.

“More than the style of his writing, though, it was the content of Justice Scalia’s reasoning that shaped me. His judicial philosophy was straightforward: A judge must apply the law as it is written, not as she wishes it were. Sometimes that approach meant reaching results that he did not like. But as he put it in one of his best known opinions, that is what it means to say that we have a government of laws, not of men.”

She added: “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.”

Amy Coney Barrett speaking / Photo Via AP

On the panel, Republicans described Barrett as a thoughtful judge with phenomenal credentials.

The Democrats, however, were intent on playing dirty, despite an early plea from Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham for the Dems to display more civility than they did throughout the Kavanaugh hearings.

“This is going to be a long, contentious week,” Graham said in his opening statement. “Let’s make it respectful, let’s make it challenging, let’s remember the world is watching.”

Democrats attempted to tie Barrett to a notion that she would dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare.

Republican Sen. Mike Lee slammed Democrats for their push to make Barrett commit one way or another on how she would rule on the ACA.

“These tactics of creating fear and uncertainty and doubt … astound me, they dismay me and they disappoint me,” Lee said speaking about the Democrats. “They reflect the fact that we have allowed for the politicization of the one branch of the federal government that is not political.”

Lee added: “I will object anytime anyone tries to attribute to you a policy position and hold you to that. You’re not a policymaker. You’re a judge.”

Republicans have said that they plan to advance Barrett out of the Judiciary Committee by Oct. 22 and confirm her by the end of the month.

Republicans appear to have enough votes to confirm Barrett for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court—barring any unforeseen consequences. Last month, several GOP senators who were seen as possible swing votes, including Sen. Mitt Romney indicated they would support her confirmation.

But Schumer swore that Democrats will not “provide quorum” for any committee votes on Barrett, which would almost certainly force Republicans to change the committee’s rules to get Barrett’s nomination to the floor.

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