Barrett Faces These Hot Topics at Confirmation

( – The Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off Supreme Court confirmation hearings on Monday, October 12. The Republican-led Senate is expected to quickly confirm Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, but not before facing potentially grueling questioning by Democrats.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his support for Barrett as the first day of hearing began, urging the Senate to confirm her nomination.

The hearings are not expected to change any votes but could shed some light on Barrett’s position on a variety of hot-button issues to include:

  • Healthcare: Barrett has been critical of Chief Justice John Robert’s 2012 vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act by a five to four margin. A November 10 hearing before the court could mark the end of Obamacare.
  • Abortion: Barrett’s record on abortion as a jurist on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is scant. However, she did vote to uphold an Indiana law that would have outlawed abortion.
  • Gun Rights: Barrett has a more substantial record on gun rights in the Seventh Circuit, where she consistently ruled against efforts to whittle away at the Second Amendment’s protections for gun owners.
  • Immigration: Barrett’s record on immigration in the Seventh Circuit is nominal, but she did rule in favor of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Monday’s hearing will include opening statements by Barrett and Judiciary Committee members. Senators will question Barrett for two days beginning on Tuesday, and other witnesses will testify about her record on Thursday.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm her nomination before the November 3 elections.

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