Barrett Says She’s ‘Honored and humbled’ by Supreme Court Nomination

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    Judge Amy Coney Barrett has delivered an opening statement in her Supreme Court confirmation hearing. The hearing room was largely empty Monday and some senators tuned in virtually, citing the coronavirus. Barrett said she believed the court should interpret the U.S. Constitution and laws “as they are written.” Barrett said in her opening statement before the Senate Judiciary committee that people of all backgrounds deserve “an independent Supreme Court.” She said: “And I believe I can serve my country by playing that role.” President Donald Trump nominated Barrett just two weeks ago to fill the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18. Trump and Republicans want Barrett on the bench in time for Election Day, Nov. 3. Barrett, a conservative, would shift the balance on the court significantly right, from 5-4 in favor of conservatives to 6-3. Democrats worry she would vote to rule the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in a case coming before the court in November. The hearing comes as three GOP senators have tested positive for the coronavirus, including two on the Judiciary Committee who now say they are symptom-free. The positive tests came after Trump’s Sept. 26 Rose Garden event announcing Barrett’s nomination. Trump fell ill with COVID-19 about 10 days ago.

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