Scott Statement on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

September 26, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court:

“In 2016, Senate Republicans made a sanctimonious production out of not filling Supreme Court vacancies in an election year when there were over ten months remaining in President Obama’s second term. As people are already voting, Senate Republicans are violating their own established principle without any concern for hypocrisy or fundamental fairness.

“For over three and a half years, President Trump has been relentless in his attacks on Americans’ access to affordable health care. Last June, during the height of this pandemic, his administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court asking them to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. If they are successful then tens of millions of people will lose their health insurance, people with pre-existing conditions will lose their protections, affordability credits will evaporate, and consumer protections will be lost. It is no coincidence that the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the latest case that could tear down the ACA days after the election. As the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, I am also concerned about the right to a public education consistent with Brown v. Board of Education; employees’ rights, including the right to organize and collectively bargain; and protections against discrimination.”

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