GOP refuses to let voters choose next Supreme Court justice

Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has expressed misgivings about many vital rights and protections, including stare decisis—the rule that the Supreme Court should follow its own prior decisions, even when a justice disagrees with them. That is grave cause for concern, especially since Barrett’s record shows she is likely to:

  • Support overturning the Affordable Care Act. Barrett has openly disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law. The Court will revisit that decision on Nov. 10, when it hears a case that could lead to overturning the entire law. If that happens, 21 million Americans will lose health coverage, premiums will skyrocket for the 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps on coverage will return, and children will be kicked off their parents’ health plans before age 26.
  • Support limiting workers’ tools to fight employment discrimination. Barrett joined an opinion that says the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies only to current employees, not job applicants.
  • Oppose holding students accused of sexual assault and harassment accountable. In a lawsuit against Purdue University, a student claimed that disciplining him for sexual misconduct violated his Title IX and constitutional rights. Barrett allowed the suit to proceed.
  • Support denying procedural protections for immigrants. Barrett dissented when the court blocked Department of Homeland Security “public charge” regulations that make it more difficult for people to obtain green cards and become U.S. citizens. 
  • Oppose common-sense protections against gun violence. Barrett does not support prohibiting all convicted felons from owning guns.

Next week, the Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Barrett. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to confirm her nomination before Election Day, even though a dozen polls have found the majority of Americans want to wait. Like NEA, they say the winners of the 2020 elections, which are already underway, should choose and confirm the next Supreme Court justice.

Email your senators and tell them to allow the next president to pick Ginsburg’s replacement.


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