22 days before the end of the 2020 election season, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened the confirmation hearing into the Supreme Court Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Under the chairmanship of Senator Lindsey Graham

(R-SC), made his opening statement. In years past, Graham promised not to bring a Supreme Court nominee before his committee during an elechoing year. Monday the Senator in a re-election battle, called for a quick and respectful hearing for Judge Barrett. 

During the in person hearing held during the pandemic, some Senators appeared virtually, others attended in person including a mask-less Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), who tested positive for coronavirus. Lee said his doctor had cleared him to attend the confirmation hearing. 

As the minority party on the committee, Democrats made their stance clear regarding Republicans pushing this nomination through just weeks before the 2020 election period comes to an end. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), called the hearing a sham. Fellow Democrats agreed as they also presented the cases and photos of constituents affected by the Affordable Care Act. The continuation of Obamacare is expected to be one of the first cases to come before Justice nominee Barrett. 

In her statement delivered remotely, Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) noted, “That’s why President Trump promised to only nominate judges who will get rid of the Affordable Care Act.” 

As the nominee and the final person scheduled to speak on opening day of the nomination hearing, Judge Amy Coney Barrett appeared to try to assuage the fears of those opposing her nomination on the committee and across the country.

 In her opening, the judge declared, that “Americans deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written.”

Today Senators on the Judiciary Committee will begin questioning Barrett. The hearing is expected to wrap up tomorrow.

Why We Need To Know: 

Stressing the reason for the rushed nomination, Senator Harris stated, “This administration, with the support of Senate Republicans, will be in front of the Supreme Court on November 10th to argue that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down.“

Others, like Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) point to Donald Trump’s need for nine Justices on the Supreme Court, in the event a case is brought regarding the outcome of this presidential election between Trump and Joe Biden.