Judiciary Committee Sets Date For Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Vote
By Bill Galluccio
October 15, 2020
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a vote to approve Amy Coney Barrett and send her nomination to the full Senate on October 22. Democrats tried to delay the vote but were unsuccessful. The Republicans appear to have enough votes to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court before the election on November 3.
The committee will wrap up the hearings on Thursday after spending the last two days questioning Barrett.
Four witnesses will appear before the committee to weigh in on various issues, including the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, and voting rights.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein released the names of the witnesses along with a brief summary of what they will be speaking about.
Stacy Staggs, "a mother of 7-year old twins. Stacy's twins have multiple pre-existing conditions due to their premature birth and rely on the Affordable Care Act's protections. Stacy works with Little Lobbyists, a nonprofit started by families with children who have complex medical needs. Stacy will discuss the devastating effects on her family if the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act."
Dr. Farhan Bhatti, "a family physician and CEO of Care Free Medical, a nonprofit clinic. Dr. Bhatti will discuss the harm to his patients if the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act."
Crystal Good, "fought for her right to obtain an abortion at age 16. Crystal will speak about the importance of reproductive rights and justice."
Kristen Clarke, "president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Kristen will speak about the importance of voting rights and other civil rights protected by the Constitution and federal law."
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