Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings: 5 main issues at hand

Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings: 5 main issues at hand

The confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett , President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, will kick off Monday, where she’s expected to be grilled on several hot-button issues that would have a far-reaching impact. Supreme Court nominees routinely won’t say how they’ll rule on particular issues to prevent prejudging a potential case, but lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to target her past writings and statements — and press Barrett on how those past communications might impact her judicial thinking on such issues as abortion, gun ownership, health care and more. Unlike Trump’s previous two nominees — Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who replaced conservative-leaning justices — Barrett’s ascension to the court would have a big ideological impact because she would succeed liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18 at age 87. AMY CONEY BARRETT TO FACE TOUGH QUESTIONING FROM DEMS OVER ABORTION Barrett’s addition to the bench would forge a 6-3 conservative majority on a Supreme Court that for decades has had a 5-4 conservative edge, which liberals could occasionally upend by attracting a vote from across the ideological divide. Democrats have opposed Barrett because of the timing of nomination — just weeks before the presidential election — and because they believe she would vote against their political priorities, including the Affordable Care Act and abortion access. Meanwhile, Republicans have touted Barrett’s qualifications for the job, her practice of honoring the original meaning of the Constitution, and her judicial likeless to […]

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