Supreme Court could threaten Biden agenda

Supreme Court could threaten Biden agenda

The Supreme Court is looming as a roadblock for Democrats as they plot an ambitious wish list if they gain control of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s ascension to the Supreme Court, which Republicans hope to finalize this month, would lock in a conservative majority likely for decades, setting the courts up as a potential foil for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ’s agenda and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate. The result of a 6-3 court, Democrats warn, could lead to the justices striking down a host of top priorities for the party, including health care, voting rights legislation or enacting stricter background checks for gun purchases. “It would be a constant headache,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It’s just a court that is lopsided. It’s not balanced and a lot of things that Joe Biden values, and I value, will be at risk.” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) predicted that the court, if Trump’s nominee is confirmed, would “be a radical court.” “A 6-3 court with Coney Barrett is likely to be absolutest on the second amendment … so much of Biden’s agenda is going to be compromised by a radical right-wing court that fundamentally believes in the illegitimacy of government to do anything,” he said. Republicans appear poised to confirm Barrett before the Nov. 3 election, though the fallout from President Trump ’s coronavirus diagnosis and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) testing positive has thrown a […]

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